More than 3,000 tins of evaporated milk were seized from a
factory in Somercotes after evidence indicated they had been
re-labelled with a false use-by-date and health mark. The tins were
discovered in an industrial unit in Somercotes belonging to Kirkby
based Burden Foods Ltd, trading as Denbur Foods. The company has no
approval from the Council to trade as a food business and appeared
to have changed the use-by-date on tins from January 2011 to
display November 2011.
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court heard how officers from
Amber Valley Borough Council's Food Safety Team and Derbyshire
County Council Trading Standards visited the factory and stopped
the re-labelling of the milk, which was labelled as Country Lane
Evaporated Milk. The court was satisfied that the evidence
indicated the food failed to comply with food safety requirements
as it had not been processed or distributed in compliance with the
hygiene regulations. An Order for Condemnation and
Destruction of the food was made and the firm was ordered to pay
for the cost of destruction and the Council's costs of nearly
Regulation Manager Steve Haslam said: "Proper labelling and the
correct information are essential to allow the customer to
understand what they're consuming.Where appropriate, the Council
will use its power to protect consumers from being misled about
where products come from and their proper shelf life."
The Council is working with the Food Standards Agency and other
local authorities to recall as much of this product as possible and
continues to investigate the matter.
Anyone who has a tin of Country Lane Evaporated Milk should
return the product from where it was purchased.
For any other information please contact Amber Valley
Borough Council's Food Safety Team on 01773 841335.
Photos of the seized items are available by request.
Notes to editors
The Food Safety legislation requires that all food items are
properly labelled with the origin of the food, the proper use by
date and contact of the company which manufactured or
distributed it. Without this information consumers can not make
informed choices .
For further information please contact Luke Barrett
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