Factory worker who contaminated food destined for Nando’s jailed

Factory worker who contaminated food destined for Nando’s jailed
  • PublishedOctober 7, 2023

A factory worker who put plastic bags, rubber gloves and ring pulls in food destined for Nando’s has been jailed.

Garry Jones “knowingly and maliciously” contaminated the products while working at a Worcestershire food manufacturer.

He admitted contaminating goods supplied to Nando’s, after adding items to hummus and salad dressings, and was jailed for three years.

Manufacturer Harvey & Brockless said no products that were tampered with in October 2022 reached “end” customers.

The 39-year-old was a “picker” at the firm in Evesham and responsible for collecting the required ingredients for the next day’s cooking, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

But from 28 October last year, the company was made aware dozens of its products which are supplied to restaurants across the country had been contaminated with the gloves, plastic bags and metal ring pulls.

Following the incident, the manufacturer said it had invested in extra CCTV cameras to ensure all areas were “fully covered”.

Mehree Kamranfar, senior crown prosecutor for CPS West Midlands, said the case was “extremely disturbing” and could have had had far-reaching implications had Jones not been caught.

“Jones knowingly and maliciously contaminated food products that were going to be distributed to some of the most popular high street restaurants across the country.

“The cross-contamination caused alarm both within the company and externally, as Jones’s utter disregard, particularly in mixing fish sauce with raw ingredients, could have threatened serious harm to those with allergies.

“In addition, sabotaging the food products supplied by Harvey & Brockless not only cost the firm thousands of pounds, it also threatened to destroy the company’s reputation.”

Jones was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment for contaminating goods, and nine months to run consecutively for a charge of burglary after he admitted breaking into a colleague’s house through a window and stealing a pink hairbrush.


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