Spalding shopowner fined for out-of-date food on sale


A shopowner in Spalding has been fined £2,300 for selling out-of-date food.

Londis supermarket at 8 Holbeach Road was found to have 24 products for sale which were out of date during a visit by Lincolnshire Trading Standards on April 12 last year. A further 17 out-of-date items were found on another visit on May 30, 2013.

Shopowner Pararajasingam Sutenthiran was prosecuted by Lincolnshire Trading Standards and pleaded guilty to eight offences of exposing food for sale past its use by date.

Emma Milligan, of Lincolnshire County Council Safer Communities Trading Standards, said: “It is unacceptable and illegal to attempt to sell foods that are past their use by date to unsuspecting customers.

“In this case, some of the foods we took away were up to two weeks past their use by date, which could have made a customer very ill if they hadn’t realised.

“Luckily, we became aware of the problem and this prosecution sends out a clear reminder to shopkeepers to regularly check their foods are in date and supports those that comply with the law”

Anybody who suspects food being sold is past its use by date should contact Trading Standards via Citizens Advice on 0845 404 0506.

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