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Local supermarket fined for out of date food

CK's Supermarket Ltd, which has a number of stores in Swansea, has been fined £18,000 for selling out of date food.

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The heavy fine relates to 12 offences after Trading Standards Officers found evidence food was being sold at its stores in Birchgrove, Swansea and also at a store in Bargoed.

Eight of the offences were detected at the Swansea store during an inspection on June 19. Swansea Trading Standards found meat products including, bacon, gammon and garlic sausage, which were all found to be on sale for between five and 35 days after their use by date had expired.

Swansea Council and Caerphilly Council Borough Council carried out a joint investigation into the problem after similar offences had been uncovered in both regions.

Martin Saville, Head of Environmental Health Services in Swansea, said, "After discovering the offence in Birchgrove we became aware that a similar investigation was underway in Bargoed. We decided that the public interest would be best served by us arranging to have these matters dealt with by the same court.

"In both cases there was an inadequate system of stock rotation to prevent out of date food being left on sale."

The company pleaded guilty to breaching food labelling regulations and was fined £18,000 under the Food Safety Act 1990 and was also ordered to pay £1,323.36 in council costs.

John Hague, Cabinet Member for the Environment in Swansea, said, "These are serious offences reflected by a significant penalty being imposed by the court. It is pleasing that officers in Swansea and Caerphilly have worked together to protect the public in our respective communities.

"I'm confident this will send out a strong message to businesses in Wales that Councils such as Swansea and Caerphilly will not sit back and ignore offences such as this and that our main concern is the welfare of the public."

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