Shop owner fined after sale of out of date food poses risk to health

Kubus, Sheep Market, Spalding
Kubus, Sheep Market, Spalding
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The owner of a Spalding supermarket has been fined more than £3,000 for potentially putting customer’s health at risk by selling out of date food.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards found hundreds of items of out of date food for sale at Kubus, in Spalding’s Sheepmarket.

Kubus’s owner, Jasem Amed Ali, was found guilty 
of four offences of exposing food for sale past its use by date and five offences for exposing non-English labelled food for sale.

Investigations revealed that Kubus had been selling these items, including yoghurts and milkshakes, for months to unsuspecting members of the public.

Andy Wright, principal trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Generally foods marked with a use by date are refrigerated and pose an imminent risk to health if consumed after that date.

“In the case of this business, out of date food had been removed from the refrigerator and placed in baskets on the floor.

“This is one of the worst cases of this type I have come across.

“The risk to health was obvious and the penalty imposed by the court sends out a clear message that this is unacceptable.”

The case was heard at Spalding Magistrates Court last week.