Four Season Exotic Limited, a Birmingham-based wholesaler, has been fined more than £3,500 at Birmingham Magistrates Court, following an investigation by Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) Horticultural Marketing Inspectors (HMI).
An inspection on 25 February 2015 found two regulated displays in breach of EU marketing rules for fresh produce, including orange sweet peppers being offered for sale in a rotten condition.
According to HMI, ‘The prosecution followed a series of risk-based enforcement visits and inspections, carried out by Horticultural Marketing Inspectors between February 2014 and February 2015. Concerted efforts were made by the HMI to work closely with Four Season Exotic Limited director Jaffer Mohammad with face-to-face meetings, verbal warnings and formal written notices, all aimed at achieving improved compliance from the company.’
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