HEALTH bosses have cleared a takeaway over claims that an inch-long blade was left in food and nearly swallowed by a schoolboy.
Seven-year-old Josh Fearnley was said to have discovered the sharp piece of metal in a salad bought from a pizzeria in Houghton.
The youngster’s dad, Greg Fearnley, 34, claimed the snapped blade was found in a takeaway which the family had just sat down to enjoy.
The factory worker, from Houghton, said Josh, a pupil at Bernard Gilpin School, was left “upset but okay”.
However, Houghton Pizzas, in Newbottle Street, was today told that following a “thorough investigation into the matter” no further action would be taken against the business by Sunderland City Council.
Shop owner Niaht Sevinc said: “I never had any doubt I would be cleared. The blade did not come from this shop. We don’t use those kinds of flimsy blades. We use heavy-duty machines and strong knives.”
Mr Sevinc said CCTV footage from the shop proved staff did not leave the blade in the salad.
“We have cameras covering all of the shop,” he said.
“You can see everything that is happening inside here, every stage of the preparation of the food, and we keep the recordings so you can look back at them.
“You can see every single thing and we showed all of the footage to the council as proof.”
Mystery still surrounds the source of the blade, which was handed to the city council’s environmental health department by Mr Fearnley.
Mr Fearnley’s complaint sparked the probe into the allegation of a “foreign body in salad”.
“All I know is that it didn’t come from here,” said Mr Sevinc. “Nothing like that has ever happened here. I just want to get on with running my business. I’m just relieved it is all over.”
Les Clark, head of street scene at Sunderland City Council, confirmed the results.
“Sunderland City Council’s environmental health section has completed its investigation with regard to a piece of metal found in a takeaway meal,” he said.
“The evidence identified did not indicate the source of this metal object.
“The city council has advised both the complainant and the trader of the findings.”