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Restaurant owner sentenced to six years for manslaughter of customer

Mohammed Zaman outside court Credit: PA

A restaurant owner has been jailed for 6 years for the manslaughter of a customer who died from a peanut allergy after eating a curry from his restaurant.

Indian restaurant owner Mohammed Zaman failed to inform customer Paul Wilson that the curry used mixed nut powder.

Parents of peanut allergy sufferer killed by restaurant owner say it should never have happened

The parents of a man who died of an allergic reaction after a restaurant owner failed to inform him a curry contained nuts have said it should never have happened.

Paul Wilson, 38, suffered from a severe peanut allergy and died after eating a takeaway from Zaman's restaurant.

Mohammed Zaman, 52, used cheaper groundnut mix - which contained peanuts - rather than almond powder as a way of cutting costs.

Zaman was convicted of Wilson's manslaughter by gross negligence and six food safety offences at Teesside Crown Court.

Margaret and Keith Wilson say they feel bitter and angry about Zaman's actions.

Pub manager Paul Wilson insisted his chicken tikka masala must be nut-free when he placed his order at The Indian Garden restaurant in Easingwold, North Yorkshire on January 30th 2014.

His parents say his last words to them were "I love you both, talk tomorrow."

Customer with severe nut allergy was assured curry was nut free

Newcastle restaurant wins 'England's Restaurant of the Year'

Kenny Atkinson’s The House of Tides has been named England’s Restaurant of the Year at an awards ceremony in London.

Fresh from winning a Michelin star, North East-born Atkinson was singled-out at the event, hosted by Fiona Bruce, where he received the food industry’s equivalent of an Oscar.

The annual AA Hospitality Awards are made following inspection of hundreds of eateries across Britain to identify those setting a “truly excellent” standard of cuisine. Each restaurant gains marks for innovation, ambience and hospitality.

The House of Tides, based on the Newcastle Quayside, was picked out as this year’s AA Restaurant of the Year for England, a title which recognises a restaurant said to be an outstanding example in its market.

Monday night’s awards took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel with the hospitality world represented by leading restaurateurs, hoteliers and publicans.

The restauranteur previously worked as a chef at venues such as The Chester Grosvenor, Mandarin Oriental London, The Greenway, St Martins on the Isle, Seaham Hall and Rockliffe Hall before returning to his home city, creating The House of Tides in a transformed 16th Century former merchant’s townhouse.

The restaurant will appear in the latest edition of the AA Hotel, Restaurant and Pub Guide.


The region's fussy eaters: Some food for thought

Almost three quarters of parents in the North East worry that their child is not getting the nutrition they need and 95% say they have had to prepare a different meal to the rest of the family to make sure their son or daughter eats something.

The fussiness can lead to problems in later life - although experts say it is often just a phase.

David Wood has been looking into the issue.

Full Report: Calls for hospital food standards to be regulated

Campaigners are calling for standards of hospital food to be regulated across England by introducing the same control that is in place in schools and prisons.

It follows news that hospital chiefs have been giving themselves the the highest possible rating for their food, despite figures being put forward by an independent Care Quality Commission survey which showed half of patients were dissatisfied with hospital food.

Rachel Bullock's full report is below.

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NHS food 'needs more money and investment'

NHS food "needs more money and investment" if it is going to adequately help a patient through recovery, said a health charity.

Michelle Mitchell from AGE UK was also keen to push for higher standards in nursing as the public "had heard story after story" about neglected patients who needed the support of a nurse or carer to eat.

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Govt: Patients are 'best placed' to rate NHS food

Patients were "best placed" to decide what hospital food was good and what left a bad taste in their mouths, a Department of Health spokesman said.

He was speaking amidst claims hospital chiefs were awarding their hospital's food five stars while patients were dissatisfied with food.

However, the Department of Health also defended decisions made on hospital food "taken locally" by kitchen staff and ruled out legislating mandatory standards.

There are many fantastic examples of really good food across the NHS thanks to forward-thinking and innovative staff.

But we recognise that there is too much variation across the country - that is why we have implemented a tough new inspection programme...

We support the principle of food standards but do not think that legislation is the right way to proceed.

We believe that the best decisions on hospital food are those taken locally by chefs and catering managers.

Patients are the ones who consume hospital food and they are best placed to decide what is good and what is not.

– Department of Health spokesman
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