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Trader Faces £25,000 For Tampering With Expiry Dates

Tuesday July 31 2012

A BARNSLEY man has to pay out almost £25,000 after being found guilty of changing the expiry dates on cans of alcohol.

Karl Herbert Darley, 47, of Netherfield Croft, Shafton, was sentenced in Barnsley Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He had appeared in court, charged with removing the best before dates of between October and November 2011 from cans of Carlsberg lager and Guinness and ink-jetting on a new shelf life of June 2012.

Trading Standards officers found cans of beer with dates removed, discarded packaging from out-of-date beer and machinery capable of spraying dates onto the cans when they visited his business premises in November.

Mr Darley claimed he had been attempting to re-apply the original date to the cans after cleaning the cans up and any change of date must have been in error.

He plead guilty to six charges and was fined a total of £19,950 plus costs and a victim surcharge of £4,532.80.

Coun Roy Miller said: "It is extremely important that we are not misled about the food and drink we consume and that consumers are not tricked into paying for something which should have been thrown away."

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Reply Posted by trever birks on Tuesday July 31 2012 at 15:55

Reply Posted by Don on Tuesday July 31 2012 at 19:45
And what about 'White Van Man' delivering beer to our local? We don't see a brewery wagon any more and the pub doesn't see us either. We can't see the sell-by-date on a barrel in the cellar, we don't know if its being tampered with, we go by the taste and it tastes cr@p when White Van Man delivers so we go elsewhere. Is this a trading standards issue?

Reply Posted by Jan on Tuesday July 31 2012 at 23:40
This is been done all over England not just in barnsley and been going on years . And 40 years ago they was no sell- by-dates . Just good food and drinks going to tip

Reply Posted by lisa on Wednesday August 1 2012 at 09:46
It doesn't name his business so we don't know if we have bought from him?

Reply Posted by Clare Taylor on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 17:23
I once worked at darleys on a yts in late early early 90's.old beer that was leaking in back of shop was years out of date and had white worms coming out of it