A London egg packer and wholesaler has received a hefty fine for extending ‘best before’ dates on packs.
Ziya Gorur was found guilty on four charges of egg marketing fraud at Waltham Forest Magistrates Court last month, and fined £2,515 under the Eggs and Chicks (England) Regulations 2009.
The court heard the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s egg marketing inspectors found falsely dated batches of eggs on two separate stalls at New Spitalfields Market, Leyton.
The eggs were individually marked on the shell with a date of 25 April, but had been re-packed with a label showing best before dates of 8 or 10 May.
Gorur also breached two compliance notices issued by APHA inspectors regarding two batches of eggs that had been downgraded for failing to meet the class A quality standards.
APHA lead inspector Tim Platt said the case should serve as a “warning and reminder” that APHA would enforce egg marketing legislation “robustly”.
“Deliberate transgressions result in tough sanctions for those not willing to comply,” he added.