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Coventry shop fined for selling food past its use by date

Published Thursday, 21 February 2019

Mohammed Shazad, aged 45, and Fargo Retail Limited trading as Costcutter, Far Gosford Street, have been sentenced for selling food up to 10 days past its use by date.

Coventry City Council's Trading Standards team visited Costcutter in response to a complaint from a member of the public that the shop was selling food products that were out of date.

On inspection they found various food items past their use by date in a fridge.  The food included sausages, yoghurt, cooked ham and chicken and bacon wraps.

Food past its use by date is deemed to be unsafe to eat.

Mr Shazad indicated that he had only just taken over the business.

Trading Standards then conducted an investigation which resulted in Fargo Retail Limited and Mr Shazad being offered a caution. However this was declined, so the matter proceeded to court.

On 20 February 2019, Magistrates Court heard 6 guilty pleas from each defendant.

Fargo Retail Limited was fined 4 x £3600, a total of £14,400 and ordered to pay costs of £1204, along with a victim surcharge of £170.  

Mohammed Shazad (Director) was fined 4 x £2600 a total of £10,400 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170. 

Cllr Christine Thomas, Chair of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee, said:

“We take a balanced approach to enforcement and that is why a caution was offered, in the first instance.

“I suspect that Mr Shazad and his company now regret not accepting it, as it resulted in the matter proceeding to court and he and his business now have to pay a total of £26,344.

“Food past its use by date is a serious matter and the courts have sent out a strong message to expect a substantial fine.”

To report the selling of food past its use by date, please call trading standards on 03454 040 506 or e-mail: trading.standards@coventry.gov.uk

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