UK: Food scam warning for businesses
Sunday, 1 March 2009
of Article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/cumbria/7916722.stm
Food outlets across Cumbria
have been warned by Trading Standards to be on the lookout for a letter
demanding they pay a £1,000 fine or face closure.
The bogus letter claims
to be from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), uses their logo and gives a Nottingham address.
It tells the business
they have breached food hygiene regulations for providing food unfit for
consumption due to high levels of listeria.
County Council has warned businesses to ignore the letter.
Phil Ashcroft from
Trading Standards said: "Local authorities in the county would never
write to a business demanding that a fine should be paid in this way.
"Nor would the
Food Standards Agency.
letter demanding payment should be treated with caution and always checked
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