Milk re-labelling lands firm in hot water

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 £700.

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 Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email

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