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Customer finds mould INSIDE Fleet supermarket pork pie

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Customer finds mould INSIDE Fleet supermarket pork pie

Published at 1:54pm 30th May 2017. (Updated at 3:55pm 30th May 2017)

Supermarket chain Morrisons has been fined £55,000 after a customer found mould inside a pork pie brought from a store in Fleet. 

Hart District Council found the store had food "unfit for consumption" as well as "poor temperature control" of "high-risk food". 

Its Environment Health department also found that some of the supermarket's staff wore dirty protective clothing.

Legal proceedings were taken against Wm Morrison Supermarket Plc following a complaint from a member of the public received in February 2016.

The complainant had purchased a pork pie from the delicatessen counter at the Morrison's store in Elvetham Heath.

Later the same day whilst his wife was eating the pork pie, the complainant found that the filling was contaminated with mould. 

Fleet Morrisons

After the complaint, officers found a further mouldy pork pie being offered for sale in a refrigerated display cabinet which was above the legal temperature for the safe storage of high-risk food.

The clothing they found staff wearing should have only been used for loading and unloading lorries and handling waste. 

On the 25 May 2017 at Basingstoke Magistrates Court Wm Morrison Supermarket Plc pleaded guilty to 4 offences under the Food Safety & Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and were fined a total of £55,000, plus costs of £14,396.22 and a £120 victim surcharge.

The fine was reduced from £90,000 due to the submission of an early guilty plea.

Following the case Ms Ramsey stated: “It was disappointing that Wm Morrison Supermarket Plc did not heed previous warnings regarding temperature control and general hygiene standards which ultimately resulted in mouldy food being sold to a vulnerable member of the public.

"Prosecution is a last resort but was necessary given the severity of the offences."

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