A Barnsley shop owner is paying the price for not following advice from the council’s Trading Standards officers on food labelling.
Globus A Limited, and its Director, Andrejs Ihsanovs, of Dewfield Close, Grimethorpe, who operates Globus Food Centre, Doncaster Road, Barnsley, faces fines and costs totalling £2105 for failure to comply with an improvement notice in relation to labelling food for sale in English. This contravenes Section 10(2) of the Food Safety Act 1990. They were also charged with 24 counts of having food on sale where the food did not have its allergenic ingredients labelled in English (contrary to Regulation 10(2)(a) of the Food Information Regulations 2014).
Mr Ihsanovs pleaded guilty on behalf of Globus A Limited Company and individually to all charges at Barnsley Magistrates Court on 29 August 2019 and was sentenced at an adjourned hearing on Thursday 7 November 2019.
The court heard how in November 2018 Trading Standards officers visited Globus Food Centre Barnsley and found a number of items on sale which were not labelled in English. Mr Ihsanovs was sent a warning letter.
In December 2018, officers revisited the shop and found that there was still food on the premises not labelled in English. An improvement notice was sent, detailing contraventions of the legislation and how to comply.
In April 2019 officers revisited Globus Food Centre to find that the notice had been complied with, but further food items not labelled in English were found. A second improvement notice was issued, giving Mr Ihsanovs until 24 May 2019 to comply with the notice.
On their visit in May 2019, officers discovered that while efforts had been made to label food in the shop in English, there was still a large quantity of food that was not labelled in English.
Worryingly, a significant quantity of this food also contained allergens; the importance of which had been stressed time and time again to Mr Ihsanovs.
Therefore the trading standards officers removed some 450 items of food which were both not labelled in English and contained allergens from the premises to be used in evidence.
Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health at Barnsley Council, said: “It is vitally important that foods which contain allergens are clearly labelled in English as they can cause potential serious injury or death to a consumer who is allergic to their ingredients.
“Barnsley Council’s Regulatory Services officers work hard to provide clear advice and guidance to help business comply with the law so residents are protected.”