Friday, June 5, 2020

Mansfield bakery receives £1,240 fine for second food label offence

Mansfield bakery owner has received £1,240 for failing to label products to protect customers with allergies and other food offences after being fined £162 in February for similar offences.

Sandra Hawkins of Family Bakers on Ratcliffe Gate pleaded guilty to seven food safety, hygiene and regulation offences at Mansfield Magistrates Court.

Family Bakers has a shop and delivery business supplying other shops and vending machines in the wider area in and around Mansfield.

Mrs Hawkins was previously fined for not including in her labels correct quantities of ingredients and allergenic substances that may be present in her products.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards officers carried out a further visit in March and found she was still not complying with labelling laws and selling two sandwiches which had passed their use by date.

A further two improvement notices were served on the premises, one of which was not complied with on the next visit where others issues were discovered, including products labelled as containing free range eggs when a mix of caged and free range eggs were used.

Trading Standards officers has given the business detailed advice on labelling on each occasion.

Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “Recent tragic cases have shown the importance of correct labelling on food products as the consequences can be life changing or even fatal for people with allergies.

“Our Trading Standards officers have made many attempts to help this business comply with labelling legislation so it’s very disappointing that the owner has failed to address this serious issue for a second time.”

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