8th April 2024

Shopkeeper fined for unsafe goods

A London shopkeeper has been fined for selling unsafe cosmetics and electrical products.

By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team

A shopkeeper who sold unsafe cosmetics and electrical products has been ordered to pay more than £4,400 following an investigation by Hillingdon Council Trading Standards.

During an inspection of Master News, 5 Coldharbour Lane in Hayes, Officers found 12 non-compliant henna hair dye products with inadequate labelling, an incorrect ingredient list and no information file to show that the product had been safety tested. They also found a purchase invoice showing that the business’s director, Amarjeet Singh, had imported more than 1,900 of the products.

Samples of the non-compliant hair dye and electrical goods found at the shop (image credit: Hillingdon Council)

Officers also found 32 unsafe electrical products on sale with non-British standard plugs and faulty wiring with the potential to cause electric shocks or fires.

Both the cosmetics and electrical products did not display the name and address of the UK importer or distributor, which is a legal requirement.

Singh, director of AG Food and Wine Ltd trading as Master News, pleaded guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 5 March to 31 offences under the Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations and the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016.

He has now been ordered to pay £4,463, which includes an individual fine of £601, a surcharge of £240 and costs of £2,000. The trading company was ordered to pay a fine of £602, a surcharge of £240 and £781 costs, totalling £1,623.

Councillor Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “We’re committed to keeping Hillingdon a safe borough where communities can thrive and we have always been clear that we will not tolerate reckless traders that blatantly ignore rules and regulations, putting residents at risk.

“These products were dangerous and could have caused real harm. The successful prosecution is testament to our Trading Standards and legal teams and the investigation they carried out.”

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