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Shopkeeper who sold out of date food pays £2,500 penalty

A Kingston shopkeeper must pay more than £2,500 after admitting selling food more than a month out of date.

Kingston Council environmental health inspectors seized dozens of “high-risk” foods including pies, sausages, sliced meat, cottage cheese and desserts which were between 22 and 33 days past their ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates on sale at the Sunrise Mini Market in Cambridge Road last November.

The food was considered unfit for human consumption.

Manmeet Singh Malhotra, aged 21, pleaded guilty to 24 food labelling offences when he appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates court this week.

Malhotra was fined £1,305 and ordered to pay £1,200 costs plus a £20 victim surcharge.

Councillor David Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Environmental Health, said:

“These were serious offences. Shopkeepers have a duty to check the dates on the food they sell and ensure that it is fit for consumption. We will take action against anyone who puts people’s health at risk.”