A Manchester convenience store has been fined more than £9,500. After food items were discovered on sale that were nearly a year past their use-by date.
The items were found on display at Kashmir Mart, 12-16 Bury Old Road, Cheetham Hill, by Manchester council officers.
During a visit on 14 June 2016. Officers came across a pack of sliced chicken tikka with a use-by date of 29 August 2015. 6 packets of sliced chicken breast with a use-by date of 17 November 2015. And 12 packs of mortadella with a use by-date of 3 June 2016.
The products were withdrawn from sale at the time of the visit and advice was given to the food business operator.
Awaan Enterprises (UK) Ltd, who operate Kashmir Mart, appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on 28 July 2017. Where they pleaded guilty to having food on sale past its use-by date.
The company was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay cost of £1,673.
Councillor Murphy, MCC for neighbourhoods said: “This is not a trivial offence, which is reflected in the size of the fine Awaan Enterprises (UK) Ltd received.
“Failure to remove food that is past it use-by date can have very serious consequences. As it is no longer fit for human consumption.
“The negligence of this company put the public at risk. If sold and unwittingly eaten these items could have made someone seriously ill. It is only luck and the diligence of our officers that prevented the worst-case scenario from unfolding.”