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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 September 2005, 11:15 GMT 12:15 UK
KFC fined for undercooked chicken
KFC takeaway on the Newtownards Road
KFC at upper Newtownards Road sold undercooked food
Kentucky Fried Chicken on Belfast's upper Newtownards Road has been fined 12,000 for selling undercooked food.

Its owners, Herbel Restaurants, were taken to court by the city council after a complaint by a customer.

The court heard Herbal Restaurants has been prosecuted seven times in six years, with fines totalling 32,000.

"The complaint was taken very seriously by the council as raw chicken is regularly contaminated with food poisoning bacteria," said the council.

"This type of food poisoning causes diarrhoea, fever, abdominal pain which can mimic acute appendicitis, and can last for up to a week," said a Belfast council spokesman.

"Campylobacter is the single biggest cause of food borne illness in Northern Ireland. If properly cooked, the contaminated chicken no longer poses a risk.

"The company has a history of similar offences relating to public health, by selling food not of the quality demanded by the purchaser.

"Including this case, seven successful prosecutions have been taken against Herbel Restaurants by district councils in Northern Ireland, resulting in fines totalling 31,500 since 1999."

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