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Salford mini-market ignored warnings over illegal sale of out of date food

A Salford minimarket put staff and customers at risk by selling out of date food and using potentially fatal unsafe electricals, a court has heard.

Windsor Mini Market on Cross Lane in Salford was not only illegally selling out of date meat and sandwiches but ignored warnings to stop doing so.

And the dangerous electrics put staff at risk of serious injury or even a fatal electric shock.

Among the expired food on sale inspectors found gammon two weeks out of date, old milk and stale chicken sandwiches.

Anyone eating these products would have been at serious risk of illness.

The shop had been issued with a warning two years earlier about illegally selling food beyond its use by date.

So environmental health officers were shocked to find out of date food on sale when they visited in February 2015.

And even when they handed out warnings to business owner Haroon Mahmood, when they returned three days later they found the warnings had been ignored.

Mahmood, of Monk Street, Accrington, was fined £2,910, ordered to pay costs of £2,444 and a victim surcharge of £15.

He pleaded guilty at Salford and Manchester Magistrates Court on 21 September to seven offences of selling food past its use by date.

Speaking after the case, Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: “The use by date on food is there to protect people and must not be ignored.

“We want to work with businesses and help them thrive in the city, but if they flout the law we will not hesitate to take action to protect the public and staff who work there. Safety is paramount.”

Main image: Windsors, Cross Lane – Google

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