Selfridges to face charges over sale of ‘raw cow milk’

13:10 23 January 2013

Selfridges will be prosecuted alongside a farmer for allegedly breaching food hygiene regulations over the sale of raw, unpasteurised cow milk.

The London department store, and Stephen Hook, have been summonsed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on February 6.

It follows an investigation by the Food Standards Agency after vending machines dispensing raw cow milk were installed at Selfridges in 2011.

Selfridges has been charged as ‘a person other than the occupier of a production holding or distributor’ under Regulation 32 and Schedule 6 Paragraph (2) (1).

Mr Hook has been charged, separately, as ‘an occupier of a production holding’, under Regulation 32 and Schedule 6(2) (2) of the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations.

The FSA said the case was not linked to the current review of rules governing the sale and marketing of unpasteurised, or raw, drinking milk and cream in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The sale of raw drinking milk and cream is not permitted in Scotland.

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