Adelaide store fined for selling expired food

A supermarket in Adelaide’s southern suburbs has been fined $200,000 for selling expired food and other food standards breaches.

Adelaide Foodland

The Port Noarlunga South Foodland pleaded guilty to 20 counts of breaching the Food Act, including displaying food for sale past the use-by date.

Among the goods on display past their use-by date were chicken, ham, bacon sausages, mince meat, and yoghurt.

Other breaches included failure to maintain a required standard of cleanliness, and failing to separate food for disposal and food for sale.

The proprietor – Supermarket Investments – pleaded guilty to 37 breaches.

The case came to the attention of authorities after a former employee alerted the local council.

Supermarket Investments was fined $130,000 and Seaford 7 Days was fined $70,000 plus council costs.

The court heard a recent inspection found the supermarket was now complying with standards.

Vince Violi, general manager of the Port Noarlunga South Foodland, issued a statement saying extensive action had been taken to ensure it does not happen again.

“All staff have been re-trained and made aware of their responsibilities, particularly in relation to food handling, packaging and labelling best practice,” Mr Violi said.

“We wish to assure all our customers and suppliers that we are committed to providing the highest levels of produce and service.

“We sincerely apologise to all our customers.”

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