Trader fined over out-of-date food

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

THE owner of a cor­ner shop in the city has been fined af­ter sell­ing dozens of out-of-date prod­ucts.

Rabina Shafiq, who runs the Peter­bor­ough Bar­gain ‘N’ Booze store, in Lin­coln Road, Mill­field, Peter­bor­ough, was fined £1,500 by Peter­bor­ough mag­is­trates yes­ter­day af­ter Trad­ing Stan­dards of­fi­cers found 47 items of food be­ing sold in the store be­yond their use-by date in a visit ear­lier this year.

Items in­cluded sausages, her­ring and chicken, which was up to three months outof-date when it was seized.

Shafiq, who did not at­tend the court hear­ing, was also or­dered to pay £450 costs and a £15 vic­tim sur­charge

No pleas were en­tered by Shafiq, but the court found that Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil had proven five counts of the store sell­ing food af­ter the use-by date.

Colin Miles, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “On Au­gust 3 this year a food safety in­spec­tion was car­ried out by Trad­ing Stan­dards fol­low­ing a com­plaint about the store from a mem­ber of the pub­lic.

“Fol­low­ing the in­spec­tion, Trad­ing Stan­dards of­fi­cers found 47 items of food that were out-of-date be­ing sold in the store.

“Many of the items were in the fridge of the store but some were in a bas­ket on the floor, be­ing of­fered at a re- duced price. The use-by dates on the food varied from May 22 to July 31.

“It is clear that checks were not car­ried out to en­sure the food was safe to sell.

“Shafiq is the sole trader, although she em­ploys three mem­bers of her own fam­ily at the store.

“She has since told Trad­ing Stan­dards she has in­tro­duced a sys­tem that al­lows dates on food to be checked, that she signs off weekly.”

Mag­is­trate John Gillis said the court could only im­pose a penalty on the most se­ri­ous charge – in this case con­cern­ing a pack of smoked sausages with a use-by date of May 22 – and the other four charges would have no sep­a­rate penalty.

He added: “This is a very se­ri­ous mat­ter which could have re­sulted in very se­ri­ous prob­lems for some­body.”

The sen­tence was wel­comed by Cllr Peter Hiller, cabi­net mem­ber for hous­ing, neigh­bour­hoods and plan­ning.

He said: “The law clearly states that re­tail­ers must not sell food that is past its use-by date and have a duty to en­sure food past this date is re­moved from sale.

“In this case, items were on sale that were sig­nif­i­cantly past their use-by date, pos­ing a risk to mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“I’m con­fi­dent this pros­e­cu­tion will send out a strong mes­sage to busi­nesses in Peter­bor­ough that we will not sit back and ig­nore of­fences such as this and that our main con­cern is the wel­fare of the pub­lic.”

Vic­tory: Ful­bridge Pri­mary School pupils per­form­ing their World At War show at The Voy­ager School. VIC­TORY in Europe was cel­e­brated by pupils from a city school be­fore they packed up their kit bags for Christ­mas.

Year 5 and 6 pupils from Ful­bridge Pri­mary School, in New Eng­land, pre­sented the emo­tion­ally-charged stage show, called the World At War, last Thurs­day.

Proud par­ents ap­plauded the one-off per­for­mance of the show at The Voy­ager School, in Wal­ton.

Young­sters acted out scenes in­clud­ing ‘go­ing away’, ‘train­ing for war’ and VE Day, to a sound­track of clas­sic war years mu­sic.

The pupils had stud­ied the two world wars all term, vis­it­ing Ypres and at­tend­ing the Armistice Day ser­vice in Cathe­dral Square.

Ful­bridge head­teacher Iain Ersk­ine said: “We try to cover things that have rel­e­vance to Peter­bor­ough, for ex­am­ple our school used to have an am­bu­lance shel­ter dur­ing the war and the school’s rail­ings were re­moved and melted down for metal.”

out-of-date: Bar­gain ‘N’ Booze on Lin­coln Road, where out-of-date food was sold.

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