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Out of date food fine: £45,500

Sainsbury’s was fined £45,500 on 1 March after a trading standard officer on a routine inspection found food being sold a fortnight past its use by date.

Alarmed by the fact that five of the ten food items found were pâté products that were out of date by 15 days Torfaen Trading Standards launched an investigation into the date control systems operated by the supermarket.

During this investigation the Council received complaints from members of the public who had also found food items on sale at the Cwmbran store that were past their ‘use by’ dates.
On 1st March 2010, at Cwmbran Magistrates Court, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd pleaded guilty to 13 offences of selling food past its ‘use by’ date contrary to the Food Labelling Regulations.
When returning the sentence, Chairman of the bench, Gary Shide, stated that the Company had neither followed nor maintained its procedures and imposed fines of £45,500.   In addition, Sainsbury’s was ordered to pay council costs of £8000 and a £15 victim surcharge.