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Chinese takeaway keeps four star food safety rating after delivering takeaway containing human tooth

A Chinese takeaway which delivered a meal containing a human tooth has been allowed to keep its four-star food hygiene rating.

Newtown Cantonese Takeaway will not be downgraded following an inspection by Worcestershire Regulatory Services, who carry out health and safety checks on licensed premises for councils in the area.

The check was prompted after couple Stephanie McDonough and David Burrows reported the restaurant on Newtown Road, Worcester. 

They were left disgusted after finding a large molar in a pork curry they had ordered.

Couple Stephanie McDonough and David Burrows discovered a large human molar (above) in a pork curry they had ordered from the Chinese takeaway on Newtown Road, Worcester 

Peter Bowdery, a scientific officer who analysed the tooth, pictured, said the size and shape are 'consistent' with the tooth being of 'human origin' 

Takeaway manager Mr Chen, who did not provide his first name, said: 'The inspector checked all the staff to see if we have any teeth missing, which we don't.

'We don't know where the tooth came from. If necessary, all of the staff are willing to do a DNA test to prove it's not our tooth.

'This inspection is proof that there is no problem at all with hygiene at the shop.'

Mr Chen, who said he was 'surprised' about the tooth, offered the couple a free meal and a full refund, but they only accepted the £6.30 they had paid for the pork curry.

Helen Cameron, food safety manager at Worcestershire Regulatory Services, said: 'A lab report has confirmed it was a human molar tooth that was passed to us by the complainant.

'We have carried out investigations at Newtown Cantonese into their food preparation methods and we are satisfied that the business takes all reasonable steps to ensure food safety.

Newtown Cantonese Takeaway, shown above, will not be downgraded from its four star rating following a health and safety check by Worcestershire Regulatory Services

'While it must have been an unpleasant and stressful experience for the complainant to find a human tooth in their food, I am satisfied that there are no grounds for formal action against Newtown Cantonese as there is no evidence to indicate how the tooth entered the food chain.'

Peter Bowdery, a scientific officer who analysed the tooth, said: 'The size and shape appear to be consistent with the tooth being of human origin.'

Mr Chen added: 'Hopefully customers will not jump to the conclusion about the tooth. We have had lots of prank calls - people have been asking for a tooth in the curry.

'We have a good reputation at the shop. It is a well-established business that's been going for over 10 years.

'We would like to thank all our customers that still come to our shop. We are appreciative of their support.

'We can promise to maintain our standards and to get even better in the future.'