TESCO has been fined £175,000 for displaying out-of-date food for sale.
Trading Standards officers found yogurts more than two weeks past their sell-by and 30 baguettes three days too old at a store in Bracknell, Berks.
Documents showed many food safety checks were carried out incorrectly. Bracknell Forest councillor John Harrison said: “Having food on your shelves up to 15 days past its use-by date is completely unacceptable.”
Tesco apologised for the breach involving “a very small number of products” in 2017. Long-life fresh items are checked every seven days, it added.
Mr Harrison, the member for Binfield-with-Warfield, added: “The level of penalty indicates how seriously the court takes matters of this nature.
“It is imperative that food business operators have in place good systems and that they are robustly implemented to prevent these things happening.”
They said: “We accept that in 2017 a very small number of products were found to be out of date at our Bracknell North Superstore.
“On discovery, we took immediate action to remove them, and have robust procedures in place to ensure that products on our shelves are within their use-by dates.”
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