Girl with peanut allergy who died following Indian takeaway was unlawfully killed

The takeaway where the food was ordered from The online menu did not include a list of ingredients for the order placed, and simply bore the rider “Think Allergy” and “please ask any member of staff”, the court heard. The takeaway where the food was ordered fromCredit:Chris Neill/Maverick Photography A 15-year-old allergy sufferer was unlawfully killed when she unknowingly ate a takeaway meal containing peanuts, a court heard yesterday.Megan Lee, who was diagnosed with a peanut allergy aged eight, endured an asthma attack a few hours after she and a friend ordered food online from the Royal Spice Takeaway in her home town of Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, via the Just Eat website.Her friend wrote “prawns, nuts” in the comments and notes section of the online order form for food which did not ordinarily contain either ingredient, Manchester Crown Court was told.Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, explained that a copy of the order form submitted by Megan’s friend was subsequently printed off at the Royal Spice and food was prepared on site before despatch.Mr Wright told jurors: “The entry could have been more specific you may feel but we say the import of the entry was obvious in ordering dishes that did not ordinarily contain either such ingredients and was designed to alert the staff at the takeaway to the risk such foodstuffs pose to a potential customer.” After eating the meal, Megan’s breathing and heart stopped after paramedics tried in vain to revive her, and she was pronounced dead at hospital on the morning of January 1 when her life support was switched off, said the prosecutor.Peanuts were found to be present in the Peshwari naan, the onion bhaji and the seekh kebab, all of which the girls ordered, inspectors later found.The takeway’s owner, Mohammed Abdul Kuddus, 40, and manager Harun Rashid deny manslaughter.Kuddus has pleaded guilty to a count of failing to discharge a general duty of employers, and another count of failing to put in place, implement and maintain a permanent procedure or procedures in contravention of European Union food safety regulations.He also entered guilty pleas to the same offences on behalf of Royal Spice Takeaway Limited, trading as Royal Spice Takeaway.Fellow Bangladeshi national Rashid, of Haslingden, who delivered the meal, pleaded not guilty to those charges.The trial continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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