Two takeaway bosses have been jailed for causing the death of a 15-year-old girl with a nut allergy.

Despite detailing her allergies in an online form, Megan Lee was sent a meal littered with peanut protein from the Royal Spice takeaway in Lancashire.

 She suffered an acute asthma attack after eating the food and died two days later, on 1 January 2017, having suffered irreversible brain damage.

The Oswaldtwistle takeaway was shut down days later following an inspection by Trading Standards and environmental hygiene officers.

 Manager Harun Rashid, 38, and Mohammed Abdul Kuddus, 40, were found guilty of unlawfully killing Megan by gross negligence.

Rashid, of Rudd Street in Haslingden, was jailed for three years on Wednesday, and Kuddus was given a two-year term.

She said: “The Royal Spice had no systems or processes to manage allergen control. The menu contained no information about allergens. No record was kept of the ingredients used in dishes.

15-year-old Megan Lee died on New Year’s Day 2017 after suffering a severe allergic reaction to a takeaway (PA)

“In short, it appears that no one at the takeaway had any way of knowing what allergens were in the food supplied.”

The judge accepted that the defendants – both fathers – had expressed genuine remorse and that neither meant to kill the teenager.

 She told them: “Neither of you actually foresaw the death of anyone. It never occurred to you that you would be responsible for the death of a young girl. Quite simply, you never gave the risk of a customer dying because of an allergy a moment’s thought.
"You must now live with the guilt of what you have done and the suffering you have caused Megan’s family and to your own families. All of this is a tragedy that could so easily have been avoided had you exercised the proper care to be expected of those who serve food to the public.”

A two-week trial at Manchester Crown Court was told of a “litany of failings” in the kitchen, including poor hygiene and no records of ingredients.

Kuddus, of Belper Street in Blackburn, received an additional eight month sentence, to run concurrently, for two food safety offences.

 Rashid, who claimed he was merely a delivery driver at the restaurant at the time, was given 10 months in custody, also to run concurrently, for the same offences.