Company Fined For Underweight Meat

A Worcestershire butchers has been fined £8,000 after being found guilty of selling underweight meat.

North West Meat Auctioneers from Stourbridge was convicted before Banbury Magistrates of selling short weights of lamb and pork at a market in Banbury.

The court heard that a test purchase by TSOs showed lamb 13 per cent under the advertised weight and pork 21 per cent.

The company was also found guilty of not displaying unit prices for the meat.

No one from the company was represented in court.

After the case Nigel Strick, head of trading standards in Oxfordshire, said:

"The test purchases showed considerable deficiencies. Consumers always like a bargain, but it is not a bargain when they are sold short and cannot compare prices with other butchers."

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