Spelthorne secures conviction

Spelthorne shopkeepers fined for selling out of date food

Two shopkeepers from Sunbury-on-Thames have been fined £1200 each plus £40 victim surcharges and costs of £2249.50 after Spelthorne Borough Council's Environmental Health service found they were selling potentially unsafe food.

The case was heard at Guildford Magistrates' Court on 18 April 2018 and related to three offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 committed at Loco, a small convenience store in Nursery Road, Sunbury-on-Thames.

Following a complaint from a member of the public, an Environmental Health Officer visited the shop in September 2017 and found various items on display that were past their best before or use by dates, including packaged chicken and a block of cheese that had a best before date of July 2017.

Despite the shopkeepers promising that it would not happen again, out of date produce was found on two further occasions.

Mr and Mrs Dave, the shopkeepers of Loco, pleaded guilty to the offences.

Cllr Nick Gething, Cabinet Member for Environment and Compliance, said: "I am very pleased with this result. Consumers have a right to expect that the food they buy is fit for consumption and in this case those basic standards were not being met. Food safety laws are designed to decrease the risk of foodborne illnesses which can be extremely nasty and even life-threatening, so this is a serious matter which food businesses need to take very seriously".

Anyone who has concerns that a food business may be selling food that is unfit for human consumption can contact Environmental health by email eh.commercial@spelthorne.gov.uk or by phoning 01784 446291.