Tesco has been fined millions of pounds for selling out of date food.
The supermarket giant has been ordered to pay £7.56million after it admitted 22 breaches of the food safety and hygiene regulations in branches in the Midlands.
Tesco was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £95,500 following the case at Birmingham magistrates court on Monday, Birmingham city council said. A further £170 victim surcharge was added onto liabilities, reports The Mirror.
The charges came after complaints about food being sold past its use-by date in three UK stores, according to the council’s environmental health department.
Am investigation found a significant number products had made it to shelves between 2016 and 2017.
Food safety inspectors said items were discovered at two Tesco Express stores, in the city centre and the Bournville area, and a Tesco Metro in Bristol Road South, which has since been rebranded under Tesco’s discount chain, Jack’s.
Tesco said it took “immediate action” to rectify the problems and promised it now had “robust procedures” in place to ensure the issue does not happen again.
Among the changes are that date-checking at the grocer’s stores is now externally approved by Hertfordshire county council because the company’s Welwyn Garden City head office is located in that local authority’s area.
A Tesco spokesperson said: “We’re disappointed that a small number of out of date products were found on sale in three stores in 2016/17.
“The safety of our customers is always our priority and these incidents are not representative of the high standards of safety and quality we expect in Tesco stores.
“We took immediate action to address this at the time and we want to reassure our customers that we have robust procedures in place to make sure that this doesn’t happen.”
All UK supermarket chains must put compulsory “use by” labels on foods such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy products that carry a safety risk if eaten after that date.
However, “best before” dates are usually offered as guidance only.
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