Friday, December 09, 2005

Crimes Against Humanity

Shop fined for selling out-of-date bacon

A SHOPOWNER has been fined £1,500 for selling out-of- date food including bacon, Scotch eggs and vegetable samosas. Piara Singh Gill, who trades as Gills Mini Market in High Street, Biggleswade, was found guilty on 10 charges brought under the Food Labelling Regulations 1996 at Bedford Magistrates' Court last week.
Despite Gill's assertions that the food was not for sale, magistrates found him guilty on all charges.
Cllr Bob King, executive member for adult services which also covers trading standards, said: "Selling food past its use-by date clearly presents a risk to the well being of Bedfordshire's residents and is an unacceptable practice which Bedfordshire Trading Standards officers will continue to tackle."

Anyone who believes they have purchased an item of food - particularly bacon - with an expired use-by date should contact Bedfordshire Trading Standards Service on 01234 228897.


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