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 A food manufacturer has been fined £40,000 after it was found to have supplied beef burgers that contained chicken.Birmingham-based food manufacturer King Fry Meat Products Limited and a director of the business, Andrew Sergio, pleaded guilty to offences brought under the Food Safety Act for supplying four separate samples of beef burgers which were found to be `not of the substance demanded by the customer’.All of the samples were described as containing only beef and no other meat, but analysis...
26 Mar 2014
 Pupils at Leeside Community Primary School helped the Illegal Money Lending Team and West Yorkshire Trading Standards “Bite Back” at the loan sharks in their community, by taking part in an innovative “design a mug” competition.37 students, with a creative eye and flare for design, have been working with Trading Standards and the Illegal Money Lending Team, using their creative skills to come up with an eye catching design, as part of a Week of Action, which took place in...
25 Mar 2014
On 21st March 2014 Leeds Magistrates Court imposed a £600 fine, £2125.82 costs and £60 victim surcharge on Mohammad Moklus Ali, Managing Director of Elamis Restaurant Gildersome Ltd who own Elamis, 1-3 Finkle Lane, Gildersome, Leeds, LS27 7DX. On 8th May 2013, following a complaint, an officer placed an order for an Ostrich Nirala curry at the restaurant and takeaway. However, when analysed by the West Yorkshire Public Analyst, the results revealed that the meat was actually lamb. The Director, Mr Mohammad...
25 Mar 2014
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is pleased to announce the approval of its first code since taking over the approved code scheme from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in April 2013. The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Warranty Products ('the code') sets standards for advertising, point of sale obligations, clarity of information, complaints and dispute resolution for code subscribers that manage the sale, claims and after sales on behalf of motor manufacturers, traders, or insurers. Consumer minister Jenny Willott MP said:...
21 Mar 2014
Trading Standards Officers in West Yorkshire are warning the public of a serious rise in the number of people being defrauded as they try to borrow money. Many people and businesses struggling to make ends meet are turning to the internet or falling victim to telesales calls offering to provide loans. Fraudsters suggest they can arrange loans or provide better terms than would normally be available. They use numerous different trading names, often choosing names which can be confused with those...
21 Mar 2014
 The England Illegal Money Lending Team, work in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council to investigate and prosecute loan sharks. They provided the ill-gotten gains taken from illegal lenders to local communities, with residents deciding which projects which raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks would receive the funding. Local Jobs Local People at Bromley By Bow Centre were voted as the overall winners, receiving £1600. They will use the funding to promote financial literacy, money management and the dangers of...
18 Mar 2014
Following the National Doorstep Crime project tasked by the National Tasking Group in October 2013, the National Trading Standards Board (NTSB) will be hosting a conference at the Holiday Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon, to share the project findings with the trading standards profession.The work carried out on the project identified examples of excellent best practice in authorities across the country. In addition, engagement with other agencies, charities and voluntary organisations has identified resources and knowledge held by others which is key to...
18 Mar 2014
A convicted loan shark has been ordered to pay back nearly £12,000 to the courts, following a financial investigation by the England Illegal Money Lending Team. Julian Douglas, aged 43 from Croydon was investigated by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Croydon Council’s Trading Standards Team. His only asset was a share of the equity in his home, amounting to £11,550. He must pay back this amount within six months or face a further eight months in...
18 Mar 2014
TSI written evidence to House of Commons Public Bill Committee(PDF 232KB). TSI welcomes the Bill but points out that it does not address 'copycat websites', unsafe goods, trading standards minimum competency requirements, or bills of sale. TSI also identifies areas of the Bill which could be improved.
13 Mar 2014
A Liverpool man caught with a stash of 38,000 counterfeit items has been ordered to pay more than £76,000 following a case brought by Warrington Borough Council. Bernard O’Toole of Princess Drive, Liverpool, was ordered to pay a total of £76,720.55 after admitting criminal offences concerning counterfeit clothing and footwear. O’Toole had been caught on the M62 motorway at Birchwood (1) with two large bags of counterfeit Ralph Lauren tracksuits, plus the badges and labels required for counterfeiting UGG boots and £4,745...
13 Mar 2014