Ex-shop boss fined for selling risky out-of-date doner kebab and cooked meats

The ex-boss of a Black Country corner shop who sold ‘unsafe’ out-of-date doner kebab and cooked meats to unsuspecting customers has been fined hundreds of pounds.

Amerjit Singh Sareen ‘disregarded’ important food safety regulations and put the health of his customers at risk when he sold a string of products which had passed their use-by date at his shop.

The 42-year-old was rumbled after one customer spotted the risky food on sale in the Halesowen Costcutter and raised the alarm to a council watchdog.

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Out-of-date smoked ham, a cheese salad sandwich, barbecue rib burgers and donner kebab meat were later uncovered at the Witley Avenue store.

Inspectors also discovered a ham and cheese Attack A Snak, as well as slices and chunks of wafer-thin chicken breast and turkey breast.

Customers could have become ‘very poorly’ if they had eaten any of the food, Dudley Magistrates’ Court was told.

Sareen admitted six counts of contravening or failing to comply with EU provision concerning food safety and hygiene when he appeared at Dudley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (November 24).

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Dudley Council was alerted to the food hygiene breaches when a member of the public complained to the environmental health department last October.

Officers soon scoured the store and discovered food passed its sell-by date was being sold on the shop floor.

Raw food was also being sold next to food ready to eat, increasing the risk of ‘cross-contamination’, and staff had not received relevant training.

A month later, the store was still selling the out-of-date food.

Sareen’s company Ekjas Express Limited – which he used to run the Costcutter – is currently in the process of being wound up and has just £1,800 left in the bank.

The father-of-two – who receives £1,200 benefits every month – did not ‘deliberately’ breach regulations but he lacked relevant knowledge, the court was told.

He was fined £200 and handed a £34 victim surcharge, while his company was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Both were also ordered to pay £652 costs.

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