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Egg packer fined over 'best before' date manipulation

15 February 2016

A London egg packer and wholesaler has been fined for extending ‘best before’ dates on eggs.

Ziya Gorur was accused of putting two batches of eggs that had a best before date of April 25 in packages that showed a date of either May 8 or 10. 

He was found guilty after a three and a half year trial at Waltham Forest Magistrates Court on January 21. He was fined £2,515.

Gorur was said to have been warned both verbally and in writing about the contravention, but ignored those warnings.

“Consumers rely on honest egg marketing to ensure that the eggs they buy are fresh and safe to eat,” said Tim Platt, who led the inspection on behalf of the Egg Marketing Inspectorate (EMI).

“This case should serve as a warning and reminder that APHA enforces egg marketing legislation robustly and that deliberate transgressions result in tough sanctions for those not willing to comply.”

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