Previously unsubstantiated claims about The Courtyard’s use of the same cooking oil for frying potato chips as well as meat dishes have been confirmed today.
Miles Layram, a member of Veg Soc, who has also filed motions of censure against two YUSU Sabbatical Officers this week, sent an email to the society voicing his concern over the issue. Students, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, have expressed their unease about The Courtyard serving the chips alongside vegetarian meals. Nikoo Atraki, a first year Politics and Economics student observed that despite being a meat-eater: “it’s misleading, and it might be hard for some people to be able to trust The Courtyard again”.
After being questioned about the veracity behind the claims, Lewis Bretts, Democracy and Services Officer, has issued the following statement to Nouse: “I can confirm that on a limited number of occasions, the same oil was used to fry both meat products and chips. As soon as this issue was brought to my attention I discussed this with the Courtyard management and I can confirm that the fryer has now been cleaned and the oil changed. As of Thursday morning, the fryer has been used solely for chips and new management procedures have been put in place to ensure that a similar situation will not occur in future.”
Vegetarian Economics and Finance student, Shivam Pujara stated: “It’s disgraceful, when you’ve been a vegetarian for twenty years of your life and are paying for a meal, it just feels as though it’s against both religious and moral reasons.”
Laurence Cook, a first year Alcuin student who is also a vegetarian commented: “not only is that a gross breach of trust on the part of the customer it’s particularly disappointing from a vegetarian’s perspective.”
Bretts continued: “On behalf of the Courtyard Management I sincerely apologise to anyone affected by this issue, and I hope that our new summer menu will demonstrate our commitment to providing a range of options for all customers.”