PRICE labels were stuck on meat at a Burton shop to conceal the fact they were nearly a week out of date, it has been claimed.
Staff at One Stop, in Short Street, Stapenhill, were accused of hiding use-by dates from customers following a hygiene inspection, though bosses insisted it was not a deliberate act.
Inspectors from East Staffordshire Borough Council visited the store on May 21 and found packets of sausages, chicken and ham which had reduced price stickers over use-by dates from five and six days earlier.
They said the action showed that staff had ‘attempted to hide’ the dates and ‘mislead’ customers.
The report said: “At the time of inspection a total of eight packets of Richmond sausages dated with a use-by of May 16 and five packets of Dovedale sliced ham and chicken dated with a use-by of May 15 were being offered for sale.
“Equally it was noted that you attempted to hide these dates by putting the reduced stickers directly over the dates.
“You are reminded that it is an offence to offer food for sale beyond its ‘use by’ date coding. You must not attempt to mislead the public by ‘disguising’ the date of minimum durability.”
The inspectorate also said temperature checks were not carried out on the display chiller, where high-risk foods were stored.
But the store’s owner Rodney Gomes said: “It was not a deliberate thing. Everything they said to do has now been done and in future we will make sure we don’t do something like that.”
The report comes just weeks after staff at Deli-Shop Daisy, in New Street, Burton, were also accused of misleading customers by scratching use-by dates off meat.