Tesco issued fine for selling out of date food – three UK branches affected

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Tesco has been hit by a fine of £7.56million for selling the out of date products. The transactions were made in 2016 and 2017.

The fine was issued at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The retailer was ordered to pay further prosecution costs of £95,500, the city council stated.

A victim surplus charge of £170 must also be paid by the supermarket giant.

The investigation was launched following complaints made to the local authorities about out of date food being sold.

The supermarket giant was found to have 22 breaches of the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations.

Tesco stated “robust procedures” have been put into place to ensure it does not happen again.

As a result, data-checking for the firm is now externally approved by Hertfordshire County Council.

This comes as Tesco’s Welwyn Garden City head office is in that council’s area.

Which stores were affected?

The transactions were made at two Tesco Express stores in Birmingham, one in the city centre and one in Bournville.

A Tesco Metro store on Bristol Road South, which is now re-branded as the Tesco discount chain Jack’s, was also affected.

The retailer apologised for the error as it stated a small number of items were involved.

“We’re disappointed that a small number of out-of-date products were found on sale in three stores in 2016/17,” a Tesco spokesperson said.

“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.

“We want to reassure our customers that we have robust procedures in place to make sure that this doesn’t happen.”

Use by dates appear on most foods to inform consumers if it is safe to eat products.

These will appear on perishables such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy products.

Best before labels can also be found on food packaging.

These are often considered more of a guidance than use by dates.

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