A CRACKDOWN is being launched on fraudulent restaurant menus.

West Sussex Trading Standards has found restaurants carrying dishes which are labelled incorrectly and have warned businesses to make sure menus always accurately reflect the product.

Fake menu items found listed so far have included Brixham scampi, free range veal, breaded scampi, Devon clotted cream, Sussex beef hung for 28 days, Surrey beef and monkfish bhuna.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “Not only do we want to ensure that those visiting West Sussex restaurants over the summer can be confident of what they are ordering but we need to protect the interests of the vast majority of excellent West Sussex restaurants who play by the rules.”

Trading Standards found issues with the menu descriptions in 14 per cent of premises visited across the county.

If you suspect food may not be as described then you can contact West Sussex Trading Standards through the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506, or use an online reporting form at www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport Car blaze