Retailer fined for failing to comply with labelling standards on fresh produce

A Chichester-based fresh produce retailer has been fined £12,000 after displaying and offering for sale fresh fruit and vegetables that did not comply with the European Community labelling standards.

Kavanagh Retailing (UK) pleaded guilty to a total of eight separate breaches of European Community marketing standards for fresh horticultural produce on 4 February at Chichester Magistrates' Court.

Defra brought the prosecution against the store trading as Kavanagh's Budgens at Bepton Road in Midhurst, Sussex, for displaying and offering for sale vegetables and fruits with labelling defects. Those included were: oranges (Valencia), onions, carrots, turnips, mushrooms (flat and cupped), grapefruit and lemons.

The court ruled that the company should be fined £1,500 for each offence, making a total fine of £12,000. The prosecution was also awarded full costs of £5,770, giving a total liability of £17,770.

The prosecution followed a series of risk-based enforcement visits and inspections carried out by the Rural Payments Agency's Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate over a one-and-a-half-year period between November 2008 and May 2010.


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