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Preserves firm fined for food safety failings

A company that makes preserves was successfully prosecuted yesterday (29 April) by City of York Council and fined a total £1,223.44 for failing to follow food safety regulations and for putting customers at risk.

Village Green Preserves Ltd manufacture a range of jams and chutneys at Millfield Industrial Estate in Wheldrake near York. The company, represented by managing director Paul Mercer, was prosecuted.

During a routine food hygiene inspection by council food safety officers on 28 February 2014, the premises was found to be in a poor state of cleanliness and repair with dirty clothing and equipment evident.   

Standards were well below what are expected in a manufacturing premises, which resulted in the company being charged.

The chairman of York Magistrates’ Court, Mr Hammersley, said that while the evidence gave the defendant no credit at all, he had been given maximum credit for an early guilty plea and no previous convictions. 

Village Green Preserves was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £150 and the council’s prosecution costs of £873.44. 


Notes to Editors

The council’s five key priorities for 2011-2015 are:

  • Create jobs and grow the economy
  • Get York moving
  • Build strong communities
  • Protect vulnerable people
  • Protect the environment

For further information please contact: 

Megan Rule

Communications Manager

City of York Council

Tel: 01904 552017

Fax: 01904 551064

Mob/out of hours: 07767318082


DATE: 30 April 2015