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Sweets sold in Tamworth shop 'posed risk to health'

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

By Paul Kemp

  • Sweets sold in Tamworth shop 'posed risk to health'

  • Some of the unsafe sweets seized by Trading Standards, which magistrates have ordered to be destroyed.

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CHILDREN'S sweets seized from a Tamworth shop last month 'posed a risk to human health', it has been claimed.

Trading Standards seized the confectionery from the as yet unnamed shop.

Magistrates have ruled the sweets unsafe and that they will be destroyed.

Officers had visited four premises across the county and discovered a range of sweets on sale that had not been labelled correctly.

And after testing it was revealed that some contained allergens not declared on the wrappers.

The four shops are owned by a single retailer who had been given initial advice on accurate labelling of sweets.

However, when officers returned in January, they found the sweets on sale contained allergens which were still not declared and decided to take action.

County Councillor Gill Heath, Cabinet Support Member for Environment and Rural Affairs, said: "Allergy and intolerance to foods can result in significant health issues and in some cases, can be a life-threatening condition.

"This is why it is absolutely critical that food labels are accurate and declare any allergens that the food contains."

She added: "This retailer was given detailed advice and guidance about how to label these goods accurately by our Trading Standards Officers but chose to ignore it. As a result, Trading Standards Officers have removed the products from sale and asked the court to order their destruction ."

Each year about 10 people die as a result of allergy and intolerance to food.

Around one to two percent of adults, and five to eight per cent of children in the UK have a food allergy, with up to one in 55 children having a peanut allergy.

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  • nisfo  |  March 01 2014, 7:29PM

    Oh look, first to reply without batting any other replies on about the earn *4000 a month from home scam

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  • nisfo  |  March 01 2014, 7:27PM

    Unnamed shop? What use is this report to us readers? We have a right to know as consumers. For our own safety.

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