Trader fined over out-of-date food
THE owner of a corner shop in the city has been fined after selling dozens of out-of-date products.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“Following the inspection, Trading Standards officers found 47 items of food that were out-of-date being sold in the store.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.