Supermarket chain Tesco was fined £7.56 mln by a judge for selling out of date food at three of its Birmingham stores. The chain was handed the penalty by the Birmingham magistrates court on Monday; it was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £95,500. It was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.
The fine was handed down after Tesco admitted to 22 breaches of the food safety and hygiene regulations between 2016 and 2017.
When food inspectors visited three of the company’s premises, offending items were discovered at two Tesco Express stores, in the city center and the Bournville area, and a Tesco Metro in Bristol Road South, which has since been rebranded under Tesco’s discount chain Jack’s.
Tesco said it was ‘disappointed’ that out of date products got on to the shelves, adding that it took ‘immediate action’ to rectify the problems and had ‘robust procedures’ in place to ensure there is no repeat.