£250 fine for selling out-of-date sausages at north Hull shop
A FORMER shop owner has been prosecuted for selling food that was weeks out of date.
Mahoob Hussain admitted selling three packs of Matteson smoked pork sausages, a Wall's Cornish pasty and a Rustlers flame-grilled chicken sandwich after the use-by dates.
The food was sold at Price Crunch in Cottingham Road, north Hull. The shop is now under new ownership.
City councillor John Hewitt, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and communities, said: "This prosecution shows our commitment to protecting the public against businesses who break the law.
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"Our trading standards and food safety team work very hard to tackle those who put the safety of the public at risk and we will continue to take action against them."
Officers from Hull City Council's trading standards department visited the shop in April, when they found out-of-date food on the shelves.
Hussain was warned and given advice about the laws for selling products.
However, when officers visited the shop again on May 25, they found ten items which were out of date.
As well as the sausages, pasty and sandwich, there were three packs of cheese that had a use-by date of April 19 on them.
There were also two packets of strawberries that had gone mouldy. They had a best-before date of May 21.
The sausages were a week out of date.
Chris Wilson, city trading standards manager, said: "Businesses have to meet food safety regulations and by selling out of date food, it could pose a risk to the consumer and cause food poisoning.
"Manufacturers provide a use-by date to ensure food is safe within that time period as well as carryout various test on foods in order to ensure its safe shelf life.
"If a trader knowingly sells out-of-date food then our trading standards team will always investigate and, where necessary, will take formal enforcement action."
Hussain, 46, of Leeds, admitted breaching the Food Labelling Regulations Act by selling food after its use-by date.
He said: "There were a few out-of-date items but it was an accident.
"They hadn't been out of date for long.
"Nobody does this sort of thing on purpose. It was only once and it was an accident.
"I sold the shop a while ago and I hope this doesn't affect their business, because it is nothing to do with them now."
Hussain was fined £250 and must pay £250 in council costs and a £15 victims' surcharge.
Anyone who wishes to contact the city council's trading standards team should call 01482 300300.