Winchester foodstore fined for selling food past use-by date

Andover Advertiser: Winchester foodstore fined for selling food past use-by date Winchester foodstore fined for selling food past use-by date

A WINCHESTER supermarket has been prosecuted after potentially gone-off food was found on sale last year.

Arudchelvi Nimalarajan, of Oliver’s Supermarket Ltd on Oliver’s Battery Road South, was taken to court by Winchester City Council after food past the use-by date was found on sale in June 2013.

An inspector discovered four pre-packed sandwiches and baguettes on sale which were past the use-by date and subsequently removed from the shelves.

Mrs Nimalarajan was prosecuted for exposing for sale food past the use-by date in a case heard at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court.

The offences committed in June 2013 were the latest in a line of incidents where high-risk products were exposed for sale to consumers. Between the months of June 2010 and June 2011, on five occasions, 22 high-risk products were found on sale including sour cream, natural yogurt, pasties and sandwiches. On one occasion chicken bites were found on sale 17 days past the use-by date.

In August 2011 the council issued Mrs Nimalarajan a Simple Caution which led to grounds for prosecution.

Mrs Nimalarajan pleaded guilty to all four offences by notice and therefore chose not to attend court.

At the hearing magistrates heard how exposing foods for sale which are past the use-by date poses a risk to consumers due to their highly perishable nature.

After examining the evidence, the magistrates ordered a fine of £500 per offence reduced to £360 due to the admission of guilt, a £36 victim surcharge and costs of £1,053.84.

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4:14pm Tue 21 Jan 14

JAXGEE says...

Try having a look in Waitrose - I found loads of food out of date!
Try having a look in Waitrose - I found loads of food out of date! JAXGEE
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2:39pm Wed 22 Jan 14

JoLovegrove says...

This shop is very poor....the lady behind the Counter makes up prices depending on her mood. My Husband often uses their noticeboard to advertise his business....one week it will be 50p week for the advert, then I'll go in a month later and it will be £1 per week...only to return to 50p a few weeks later or even 75p!! The shelves are often bare or selling things that are incredibly obscure. I've tried in the past to pay Bills at their Paypoint but the same lady as mentioned before obviously doesn't know how to use the system or can't be bothered as she keeps saying No, go Post Office! You then go to the Post Office to met by a lovely smiley and helpful lady and on asking her why you've been directed to her she tells you she hasn't a clue, but helps you anyway. I only use this store if I'm absolutely desperate these days and that's usually just to use the Post Office.
This shop is very poor....the lady behind the Counter makes up prices depending on her mood. My Husband often uses their noticeboard to advertise his business....one week it will be 50p week for the advert, then I'll go in a month later and it will be £1 per week...only to return to 50p a few weeks later or even 75p!! The shelves are often bare or selling things that are incredibly obscure. I've tried in the past to pay Bills at their Paypoint but the same lady as mentioned before obviously doesn't know how to use the system or can't be bothered as she keeps saying No, go Post Office! You then go to the Post Office to met by a lovely smiley and helpful lady and on asking her why you've been directed to her she tells you she hasn't a clue, but helps you anyway. I only use this store if I'm absolutely desperate these days and that's usually just to use the Post Office. JoLovegrove
  • Score: 8

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