Trader fined for selling expired Polish sausages

A trader has been fined for selling expired food and failing to label other items correctly.

Nottingham City Council’s environmental health team said Mohammed Sharif, 30, of Chadwick Road, Forest Fields, Nottingham, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court to two counts relating to the sale of ready-to-eat sausages and three related to product information not provided. In English.

The council said the items were on sale at the Iced Fire store, on Laurie Avenue, Nottingham, between May and July last year.

He said a Polish Sokolow sausage was seven days past its best before date, giving organisms such as listeria time to grow to “very high levels”.

He also said a lack of mandatory food information in English meant things like allergens in some food products on sale would not have been highlighted.

Likewise, he said, storage and cooking instructions should also be in English to ensure food is cooked and stored correctly.

The council said: “Businesses selling food must provide basic information in English, including the name of the product, the list and amount of ingredients, anything that could trigger allergies, an expiry date and storage details, country of origin and name and address of manufacturer or importer.

By way of mitigation, he said the court heard that Mr Sharif had acknowledged there had been long-standing issues, but had now hired an additional employee with new procedures for controlling the quality in place.

He said checks were made when stock was delivered and anything not labeled in English or close to its expiry date was not sold.

The court heard the offenses took place at a time when Mr Sharif was the only person working in the store and shortly after his father died. There have been no problems in the past eight months.

A spokesman said: ‘Although the power to make a restraining order was brought to the attention of the court by counsel, he chose not to make one on this occasion despite accepting that the he case was serious and that the authority had spent time working with the defendant. .

“A restraining order would prevent the company from trading.

“The magistrates however indicated that if the defendant were to appear again in court, he could be subject to such an order.”

Council said Mr Sharif had been fined £1,600 and will have to pay council’s investigation costs of £3,528.96, legal costs of £810 and a victim fine surcharge of £160 imposed by the tribunal.

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