The owner of a supermarket has been fined more than £500 for selling food that was up to 19 days past its use by date.
Abdul Sultani appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to three charges of selling food out of date at Insaff Supermarket, on Sun Street, Shelton.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s trading standards team visited the shop on November 16 last year and found three packs of chicken sausage (use by October 28), five packets of beef sausage (use by November 9) and three packets of sliced chicken (use by November 13) for sale to customers. The business had previously been advised about selling food past its use by date during an environmental health visit seven months earlier.
Sultani, who was the director of Insaff Supermarket Limited – the company who ran the shop at the time – was also ordered to pay £376 costs and a £30 victim surcharge, a total of £947. The prosecution was brought forward by the city council under Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 Regulation 19.
Cllr Randy Conteh, cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “‘Use by’ dates are applied to perishable products that support the growth of bacteria. If the date is exceeded these bacteria might grow to levels that present a risk to the health of the consumer. Anything that goes past those dates cannot be sold.
“Customers expect to buy food that is safe to eat. Food past its use by date can be very dangerous to consume so it’s vital that action like this is taken to protect public health against any retailer found to be selling such items.
“Our environmental health officers regularly inspect restaurants, takeaways and shops to ensure they comply with strict food safety legislation. We hope this result will encourage all food retailers large and small to review their procedures to ensure they properly protect consumers.”
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