BOSSES at a Burton store have been accused of attempting to con customers by scratching use-by dates off meat and continuing to display it for sale.
It was among a raft of failings that were uncovered during a routine hygiene inspection at Deli-Shop Daisy, in New Street, which may now face further action after the findings were passed on to trading standards due to the perceived threat posed to the public.
Rusty pins used to display prices were also stuck directly into cooked meat, while food was found more than a week out of date at the shop, which as well as selling packaged goods also has a fresh food counter.
The hygiene report, seen by the Mail, said: “It was noted that you had attempted to alter the date of minimum durability on some packets of pork stored in the chest freezer.
“The meat was labelled with a use-by date coding and attempts had been made to scratch it off. The use-by date coding is an indication a product is sold fresh.
“The fact it had been frozen and the label adulterated is suggestive of attempting to mislead the public.
“A number of the metal pins on the price cards being used on the cooked meat in the display chiller were rusting and dirty.
“A large number of high risk food items such as cooked meats, cottage cheese and yoghurts were found beyond their date of minimum durability. Some of these were in excess of a week out of date.”
A stench in the shop was found to be emitting from piled-up waste in the back room, while a member of staff did not wash her hands after returning to the food counter from a cigarette break.
The inspection was carried out as part of East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Rate My Place scheme, with bosses being ordered to make immediate improvements.
Despite the raft of failings, Deli-Shop Daisy still managed to score one out of a possible five.
The store’s manager Kamila Pludra accepted that mistakes had been made but did not agree with everything that was stated in the report.
She described it as being ‘half fair’ and said that all necessary changes had now been made.
She said: “I accept some of it. Some things needed to change but I always change everything.
“If they come back and check they will see that everything has been done.”