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Trader fined for selling non-organic food as organic

Date Published: 17/08/2005

A London trader has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by a court after selling non-organic food which was said to be likely to mislead the public into thinking it was organic.

Magistrates in Richmond, London, imposed a fine of £3,130 and ordered the offender to pay £1,870 in costs.

The case was brought by Environmental Health Officers from Richmond Council.

Under UK law, all food labelled as organic must be certified by an approved Organic Certification Body.

OF&G has welcomed the prosecution as a reminder to all that the organic standards must be protected and enforced to ensure consumer confidence.