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WARNING AFTER CHICKEN STOCK USED IN VEGGIE CURRIES


ENVIRONMENTAL health officers in Darlington have issued a warning to a leading local restaurant after an investigation found chicken stock was being used as an ingredient in vegetarian meals. Haandi was visited by Darlington Borough Council after a complaint was received from a member of the public. Samples were taken away


for analysis and tests revealed the error. Chef Amjad Hossain admits to using chicken stock as a base, but says this practice has stopped, and he is instead using vegetable stock for all meals in a bid to avoid a repeat. A council spokeswoman


said: “An investigation indicated that chicken stock was being used as an ingredient in vegetarian meals. We have spoken to the proprietor and will send a warning letter, as well as writing to other takeaways to remind them of the importance of using the correct ingredients.” n


SEEKING OLDHAM’S FIRST CURRY HOUSE


A GROUP of Oldham residents is asking for help to find which was the town’s first curry restaurant and when did it open? The question has arisen during research for the book ‘Cotton, Curry and Commerce’, a Heritage Lottery Fund project charting the history of Asian businesses in Oldham. Research by Oldham Council’s Local Studies and Archives has shown there are a number of contenders for the first curry house title, including Moti Mahal, Light of Benga and Noor Jahan. However the earliest recorded references found so far are for the Dil-Khush which was in business in 1963. The researchers have issued an appeal to get a definitive answer to this question and if anyone knows please contact Roger Ivens, Local Studies Officer on 0161 770 4654. n


Faking visas leads to jail


A RESTAURANT owner who helped illegal immigrants enter the UK has received an 8-year jail term. Shuhel Chowdhury produced false documents to support the visa applications of families arriving from Bangladesh, including fake bank statements showing they had enough funds to support themselves in Britain. Mr Chowdhury, from Newham, east London, is reported to have


charged thousands of pounds for his services, but his scam was uncovered by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) with the help of visa officials based in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital. Immigration officials are now reviewing the cases of the families who paid him and UKBA has said it will seek to remove anyone who secured entry with the help of the fake documents. n


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