Asda fined

29 May, 2007

Asda has been fined a total of more than £80,000 after a Trading Standards probe in South Wales discovered food, including meat products, being offered for sale past their use-by date.

The company pleaded guilty to 59 breaches of the food safety legislation at its branches in Newport and Cwmbran during a hearing before Abergavenny magistrates.

Evidence was given that the worst instance was a pack of lamb chops 31 days past their use by date.

Asda was fined £78,750 with £10,000 costs

After the case a spokesman for local Torfaen council said: "This case shows that with solid evidence Trading Standards will prosecute businesses who are breaking the law on food safety."

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