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Council seizes fishy consignment - 25.08.09

Over a tonne of suspect frozen fish imported from India was seized and destroyed by Sutton Council for flouting strict hygiene laws.

The consignment of shark steaks, talapia and karal fish was netted during a routine inspection by council officers at Vegro Ltd in Kimpton Business Park, Sutton, on 11 August. A further tonne of frozen prawns and other fish that was significantly beyond its best before date was also seized.

The fish, with an estimated value of £10,000, was destined for independent food stores in Sutton and south London.

Food imported from outside the EU must come from approved establishments and be properly labelled. As the fish failed to meet these strict standards, Sutton's Environmental Health officers ordered it to be incinerated with the company forced to foot the bill.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, said:

"Strict rules are in place to make sure that the food on our dinner tables is safe to eat.

"Our officers make routine checks to catch out traders who flout the law and put consumers at risk in the process.

"We have various powers at our disposal such as ordering goods to be destroyed or in the most serious cases, businesses could find themselves before the courts."

If you suspect a Sutton company is importing goods illegally please call our Environmental Health team on 020 8770 5070

Last updated: Tuesday, 25 August 2009

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