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Aquarium firm fined more than £13,000

A Suffolk supplier of pond and aquarium equipment has been ordered to pay more than £83,000 after admitting a string of offences.
 
Following an investigation by Suffolk Trading Standards, Aquatix-2U-Ltd of Old London Road, Copdock, admitted four offences of possessing dangerous products in September 2012 and two offences of unauthorised use of a trademark on aquarium heaters in September 2013. The company also admitted five offences relating to breaches of electrical safety and consumer protection regulations in September 2013.
 
At a sentencing hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday 22nd August it was ordered to pay fines totalling £13,800, costs of £5,106 and a £64,211 confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
 
Sentencing the company, Judge John Devaux said some of the offences related to breaches of product safety regulations which were designed to protect the public from the risk of harm. He said Trading Standards officers had raised concerns about products the company was selling in 2011, and further advice was given in 2012 but Aquatix had continued to sell unsafe products until August 2013.
 
“They were not really as troubled as they should have been by the involvement of Trading Standards,” said the judge.
 
Councillor Colin Spence, cabinet member for public protection said:“Suffolk Trading Standards take product safety extremely seriously. I am confident that this case will serve as a warning to other importers and retailers that unsafe products will not be tolerated.
 
"Aquatix-2U failed to ensure that the goods that they imported and sold to UK retailers were safe, and as a direct consequence put people at risk of electric shock.
 
"If anyone has any concerns over the safety of the products they have purchased or have seen being sold, I would urge them to get in touch with Suffolk Trading Standards."
 
ENDS 
 
DATE: 29 August 2014