UK – Food store manager given suspended jail sentence for selling out of date meat and cheese

Eastern Daily Press

Ferhat Aras, 36, was prosecuted by Fenland District Council after he failed to improve food safety standards at Baltic International Food in Hill Street, Wisbech, following inspections by environmental health officers.

Aras, of Granby Street, Littleport, a director of the company, pleaded guilty to eight food safety and hygiene offences and was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court.

Aras used to run a store in Littleport before moving his business to Wisbech in around 2016 when he was granted a licence to sell alcohol despite fierce objections from the police and trading standards.

Councillor Mike Cornwell, the council’s cabinet member for environmental health, said of the food offences: “These were serious issues which could have led to a food poisoning outbreak had enforcement action not been taken.

“It is disappointing the defendant did not take the support offered to him to avoid the council having to take legal action.

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