UK: Food scam warning for businesses

Sunday, 1 March 2009

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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.

Cumbria 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.

"Any business letter demanding payment should be treated with caution and always checked carefully."



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