No action is to be taken against a Chinese takeaway which was investigated after animal DNA was found in a vegan meal.
Environmental Health launched an investigation after a complaint from a vegan customer and confirmed DNA from an unnamed animal was found in a meal sold as suitable for vegans.
But Plymouth City Council says there is no cause for concern and no further action will be taken against The Imperial Garden on Ebrington Street in Plymouth.
After the complaint, Imperial Garden manager Li Zhuang invited the environment health officer to the restaurant to take samples, insisting that to the restaurants knowledge, no meat came in contact with the food.
Speaking to The Herald in August, manager Li said: “We use a clean wok and spoon separate from the meat to cook the food and we have one chef who does all of the vegan dishes.
“We always check out ingredients are suitable for vegans and obviously our customers are very important to us.
Why when eight million people share their lives with dogs are we forced to leave them at home, in our cars or tied up outside shops? “We have invited environmental health in to take away more samples for testing and if these come back showing cross contamination then we will accept that, but we can’t accept this if it is one person who has taken it [the meal] away.”
An updated statement from Plymouth City Council said: “We visited the premises in August and reviewed ingredients and practices.
“We did not identify any cause for concern. Ingredients were identified as vegan and we did not observe any issues with cross-contamination with non-vegan products. “We also sampled a vegan meal and the results have been returned as satisfactory, with no mammalian DNA found.
“Our investigation is now closed and no further action will be taken.”