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Food seized in crackdown on rogue traders

PUBLISHED: 18:41 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 05 October 2010

FOOD worth £4,000 was seized when public health officers carried out a series of raids on shops in London’s East End. Officers in Tower Hamlets swooped on 25 premises to make sure imported dried fish and other products of animal origin were legally imported

FOOD worth £4,000 was seized when public health officers carried out a series of raids on shops in London's East End.

Officers from Tower Hamlets Council swooped on 25 premises to make sure imported dried fish and other products of animal origin were legally imported.

Five shops and wholesalers were selling illegally imported food, where fish and yoghurt was confiscated.

"This is not just a case of food being illegally imported," said Tower Hamlets council cabinet member Abdal Ullah.

"The problem is that illegally imported food may be dangerous as it frequently contains high levels of food poisoning bacteria, parasites, insects or chemicals such as pesticides."

Food businesses are regularly informed about the restrictions, he added, that all produce of animal origin must have the health mark or approval number showing the food was safe and came from an approved or licensed premises.

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