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TSI response (PDF 187KB). TSI discusses the proposed addition of a number of safeguards to the Food Standards Agency powers of entry legislation relating to leaving premises as close as possible to the condition in which it was found and the seizure of materials; and the retention of the current powers of entry and their safeguards.
11 Oct 2013
TSI response (PDF 192KB). TSI has submitted a detailed response to the proposed Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading (Amendment) Regulations and the proposed Consumer TSI responseContracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Payments) Regulations which would be the UK implementation of the Consumer Rights Directive.
11 Oct 2013
A Catford retailer has been fined £12,000 for selling illegal tobacco.The Catford Food Centre in Rushey Green was caught out when Lewisham Council’s Trading Standards Team inspected the property and became suspicious about a sale of cigarettes being made to a customer. Further enquiries revealed that the cigarettes were labelled in Polish and a search of the premises found large amounts of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco with no English safety warnings.In total, officers seized 15,000 cigarettes and over 5kg of...
10 Oct 2013
A report (http://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/10255-001-Food-safety-and-authenticity.pdf) issued by The National Audit Office (NAO) examining the overall effectiveness of food safety and authenticity, revealed that food fraud reports have increased since 2009 and increased food supply chains have made it harder to trace the origin of ingredients.Using a pizza as an example, the NAO report explained how the Food Safety Authority of Ireland's analysis of one pizza found its 35 different ingredients had passed through 60 countries. According to the 'Food safety and authenticity in the...
10 Oct 2013
A 70 year old man been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending, following an operation in Swindon this morning.The England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Swindon Borough Council executed warrants at two addresses seizing documentation. The suspect is currently in custody assisting officers from the Team with their enquiries.Nationally the Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured 267 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to more than 172 years worth of custodial sentences. They have...
9 Oct 2013
Marilyn Baldwin, founder and campaigner of anti-scam mail charity Think Jessica, has been shortlisted for ITV Lorraine's Inspirational Woman of the Year Award. The award is a part of the Women of the Year Lunch Award, which seeks to celebrate the outstanding achievements of British women.Baldwin started the Think Jessica campaign when her mother, Jessica, became inundated with scam mail after she replied to them and was put on a 'suckers list'. Jessica spent the last five years of her...
9 Oct 2013
A protracted animal welfare investigation by Barnsley Council’s Regulatory Services involving the neglect of dozens of horses, was finally concluded in Barnsley Magistrates Court on 12 September 2013 with a 10 year ban on keeping horses being imposed.  The Court heard that Animal Health Officer, Derek Green, initially responded to a complaint in relation to a dead horse earlier this year. On investigation the horse appeared to have died of malnutrition. Other horses were found that appeared to have been...
7 Oct 2013
A 48 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending, following an operation in Bromsgrove yesterday.The England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Worcestershire Regulatory Services, and assisted by West Mercia Police, executed a warrant at a residential property seizing cash, documentation and other evidence. The suspect was questioned by officers from the Team and has been released on bail until Monday 3rd February 2014 whilst further enquiries are carried out.Councillor Lucy Hodgson, County Councillor...
7 Oct 2013
A 43 year old man, who operated as a loan shark across London and Kent from November 2009 to May 2013, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison following a hearing at Croydon Crown Court today.Julian Douglas of Dinsdale Gardens pleaded guilty to illegal money lending, money laundering and attempting to pervert the course of justice at a hearing in September. He was investigated and prosecuted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Croydon Council. On...
7 Oct 2013
The director of a scam targeting private car sellers and uncovered with the help of the York-based Scambusters team, has been ordered to pay back a total £209,789.61 at Wood Green Crown Court. Brannigan of 107 Brookshire South, East Barnet, was convicted in November 2011 for conspiracy to defraud. The victims were sold a bogus service which offered to put people selling cars in touch with identified local buyers, but did not do so.  Brannigan was a director of three businesses...
4 Oct 2013