Norwich man fined for selling out-of-date cheeseburgers

PUBLISHED: 17:23 27 September 2012 | UPDATED: 11:00 28 September 2012

Norwich Magistrates Courts. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich Magistrates Courts. Photo: Bill Smith

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A former shop owner has been fined hundreds of pounds for selling out-of-date cheeseburgers.

Rajiharan Arulampalm, 38, of Middleton’s Lane, Hellesdon, was also found selling a chicken tikka roll which was past its use-by date when Trading Standards officers visited the Parmenter Shopper in Eaton in May this year.

It was heard how the two twin packs of Tony Time cheeseburgers, which were six days past their use-by date, and the chicken tikka roll, one day past its use-by date, were at the back of the shelves at the Parmenter Road store.

Arulampalm, who no longer runs the store, pleaded guilty to the two charges.

Norwich magistrates today heard how it was not the first time he had been before the court for selling food which was past its use-by date.

As reported in the Norwich Evening News at the time, he was fined £1,000 for selling out-of-date bacon and ham in February this year.

The charges in February related to offences in August when 16 out-of-date items were found including a packet of bacon nearly two weeks past its use-by date, three packs of breaded ham six days out of date and three packs of ham two days out of date.

During mitigation, it was heard how he had “no explanation” for the latest offences, accepted “it was his mistake” and is no longer in business after getting into “financial difficulties”.

Arulampalm was fined £350 and ordered to pay £300 in prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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