When you’re on a night out, there’s no better sight than a big, fat, juicy slab of doner meat, slowly rotating in all its glory. No one ever really questions where ‘doner meat’ comes from, and I’m pretty sure we don’t want to know. All that we do know is that it tastes bloody delicious.
However, one dad managed to capture an image of the grosser side of kebab meat as it was being transported through West Sussex, England.
Daniel Armstrong had just finished a shopping trip with his son in Crawley when he saw what he thought was rolled-up carpets in the back of a four-wheel drive vehicle on a hot day. But upon further inspection, he discovered these were huge rolls of kebab meat, with only a bit of cling wrap allegedly separating the meat from the interior of the car
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According to the Daily Mail, Troy BBQ restaurant has admitted to transporting the slabs of meat in the car, but maintained they were only in the boot for a few minutes.
Mr Armstrong told the paper: “I thought my child could have caught something; it did go through my head. It’s absolutely shocking. Not just for me, but the hundreds of thousands of people who probably eat there every week.
“The meat definitely would have been sweaty in the heat of the car. It would have been hot in there.
“When I ate there, I was told I was eating from a restaurant that had five stars from food hygiene. To think that’s what they have been doing all along – the whole thing is enough to turn your stomach.”
Daniel Armstrong. Credit: Mercury Press
Daniel was told that the meat was frozen, but he had his doubts.
Troy BBQ manager Musa Eryilmaz insisted the meat wouldn’t have been contaminated: “Nothing much happened. A freezer was broken and it was only one hundred yards from my other shop to this shop.
“It was from number 43 to number 98 on the same street.
“I have worked in Crawley for 30 years and I have had a good reputation in this town.”
According to the Food Standards Agency’s good practice guide, eateries should “make sure that the cold chain is not interrupted, except for limited periods to accommodate the practicalities of handling, provided that it does not result in a risk to health.”
Environmental Health has been alerted to the situation and is speaking with the restaurant to establish whether there was any risk to health from transporting the meat in this way.
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