Krispy Kreme fined more than £200,000 after piece of sharp metal found in doughnut

Krispy Kreme has been fined £216,000 after a piece of sharp metal was found in one of their doughnuts.

The customer was originally told by the food giant the item was a piece of foil, however they did not agree with this and raised the issue with authorities.

They informed their local authority – Melton Borough Council – and the Food Standard Agency (FSA), which both investigated and brought Krispy Kreme to court this month.

It was ordered to pay a £181 victim surcharge, with the council awarded their full costs of £4,255.30 at a hearing. They also had to pay a £216,000 fine.

Leicester Magistrates Court heard Krispy Kreme had received two other complaints of a similar nature and had identified damage to a piece of equipment – a vari-mixer.

But “no controls were in place that could have mitigated the hazards that lead to this incident, such as metal detection or recorded checks of the machine”.

Melton Borough Council, which is a Conservative-controlled authority in Leicestershire, was made aware of the find in April 2021.

Tom Pickwell, senior solicitor at the authority, said: “The council would expect a large national company to have appropriate measures in place to ensure the food safety and hygiene throughout the whole process of the manufacturing, including checks on all equipment.

“The fact that the vari-mixer was omitted from the checks does, in the view of the council, fall short of the appropriate levels and a suitable and sufficient safety management system.”

Mr Pickwell also added that although some systems were in place “they were not sufficient to deal with the full process which led to the incident”.

He also noted that the incident presented a risk of choking or cutting of the mouth.

A spokesperson for Krispy Kreme UK said: “We apologise unreservedly for this incident and for any upset caused to the affected customer.

“We fully accept the outcome and lessons learnt from this process.

“We have put in place additional controls that will help prevent an issue like this occurring again.”

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