Shopkeeper prosecuted for failing to label food correctly

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Bartosz Rybka, the store manager of Pierozek Polish Deli in Maidenhead, has been convicted of failing to comply with food labelling requirements.

Mr Rybka admitted failing to comply with an Improvement Notice issued under the Food Safety Act 1990 at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 3 February.

He was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £500 costs and a £100 victim surcharge following a successful Trading Standards investigation. The total is payable within 28 days.

The shop sells predominantly Polish products but foodstuffs are required to be labelled in English. 

Over a number of visits to the shop food products were repeatedly found to be not labelled in English. Advice and warnings were given to the business but they were not heeded, and an Improvement Notice issued under the Food Safety Act 1990. 

A subsequent visit to the shop found that there were still food products not labelled in English and therefore a prosecution was proceeded with.

Councillor David Cannon, lead member for public protection, said: “This demonstrates the persistence of the Royal Borough’s trading standards team in protecting residents from potentially catastrophic consequences.

“It also shows that we want to work with businesses to offer advice and guidance on the law before having to take enforcement action.”

The court heard it was a serious matter and imposed a high fine, relative to Mr Rybka’s personal means, because of the consequences if a member of the public had consumed allergens via an unlabelled item.