Lack of labels costs East Lancs shopkeeper £3,500

Illegal packaging

Illegal packaging

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A SHOPKEEPER claimed she kept shisha tobacco cartons and hookah pipes in her store because they made the place ‘look colourful’, magistrates were told.

But Shabnam Jan, who runs Maria’s Cash and Carry in Nelson, has now been left with a £3,500 legal bill after trading standards officials discovered a haul of 306 shisha packets upstairs at the Bradley Road premises.

None of the packs found stored above the cash and carry contained government health earnings, the Burnley court was told.

Nick McNamara, prosecuting on behalf of Lancashire trading standards, said the case had been brought under consumer protection legislation.

Safety regulations say tobacco products, including shisha, must be supplied complete with appropriate health warnings, the court heard.

Mr McNamara said the store was visited by trading standards on June 13 last year and the shisha tobacco cartons were found on display in a glass display cabinet next to the tills.

Several hookah pipes, used for smoking, were positioned nearby.

The court was told that when interviewed, Jan said she had bought the packets in 2010 but had stopped selling them around 18 months previously.

She claimed she had kept the packets just in case the salesman who she had bought them from returned, so she could ask for a refund.

Mr McNamara said that when questioned as to why she had the shisha boxes on display, she said they had made it ‘look more colourful’.

Jan, 37, of Waterside Hall, Montford Road, Nelson, denied possessing shisha tobacco, including 160 packs of Nakhla, 127 of Al Fakher, five of Starbuzz and 13 of Flavalab brand, and one unidentified semi-processed container of tobacco leaf, without health warnings.

But she was convicted after a trial and fined £900.

She was also ordered to pay £2,556 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

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3:10pm Wed 2 Apr 14

vicn1956 says...

Did you see that pig flying overhead!
Did you see that pig flying overhead! vicn1956
  • Score: 18

3:18pm Wed 2 Apr 14

drunken donut says...

It's racial discrimination! Innit
It's racial discrimination! Innit drunken donut
  • Score: 9

4:03pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Did you see that pig flying overhead!
Sounds like there were 306 of em
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: Did you see that pig flying overhead![/p][/quote]Sounds like there were 306 of em ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 12

4:27pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Izanears says...

This is not the first time this cash and Carry has been fined. The last time was some years ago and I think it was for outdated product.
BTW. I saw a notice in my Health Centre the other day warning that sharing Shisha pipes could pass on all sorts of diseases. Welcome to England 2014
This is not the first time this cash and Carry has been fined. The last time was some years ago and I think it was for outdated product. BTW. I saw a notice in my Health Centre the other day warning that sharing Shisha pipes could pass on all sorts of diseases. Welcome to England 2014 Izanears
  • Score: 13

4:46pm Wed 2 Apr 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

I got cannabis plants in my window as it makes the house look nice! Honest!
I got cannabis plants in my window as it makes the house look nice! Honest! DoggydogNo1
  • Score: 18

6:55pm Wed 2 Apr 14

tajmahalovertheoldmarket says...

"None of the packs found stored above the cash and carry contained government health earnings, the Burnley court was told. "

Spot the irony...
"None of the packs found stored above the cash and carry contained government health earnings, the Burnley court was told. " Spot the irony... tajmahalovertheoldmarket
  • Score: 5

9:59pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ikap22 says...

tajmahalovertheoldma
rket
wrote:
"None of the packs found stored above the cash and carry contained government health earnings, the Burnley court was told. "

Spot the irony...
Pure racism! ! She's been framed.
[quote][p][bold]tajmahalovertheoldma rket[/bold] wrote: "None of the packs found stored above the cash and carry contained government health earnings, the Burnley court was told. " Spot the irony...[/p][/quote]Pure racism! ! She's been framed. ikap22
  • Score: -6

10:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

HarryBosch says...

This whole case is about the lack of warnings on packets of shisha TOBACCO! The operative word here being tobacco.
That being the case, I ask the question again, why are shisha bars being tolerated in this country since the smoking of tobacco products in enclosed buildings has been outlawed and as a direct consequence has led to the closure of a very large number of pubs and clubs, bars, hotels and restaurants?
This whole case is about the lack of warnings on packets of shisha TOBACCO! The operative word here being tobacco. That being the case, I ask the question again, why are shisha bars being tolerated in this country since the smoking of tobacco products in enclosed buildings has been outlawed and as a direct consequence has led to the closure of a very large number of pubs and clubs, bars, hotels and restaurants? HarryBosch
  • Score: 17

10:32am Thu 3 Apr 14

vicn1956 says...

harrybosch-
think about it.
I suspect you already know-but the thought police are watching!
harrybosch- think about it. I suspect you already know-but the thought police are watching! vicn1956
  • Score: 3

3:52pm Thu 3 Apr 14

GrumpyofClayton says...

ikap22 wrote:
tajmahalovertheoldma

rket
wrote:
"None of the packs found stored above the cash and carry contained government health earnings, the Burnley court was told. "

Spot the irony...
Pure racism! ! She's been framed.
Oh shut up FlatCap22

If a black cat was run over in the street you'd claim that was 'racism' too.....
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tajmahalovertheoldma rket[/bold] wrote: "None of the packs found stored above the cash and carry contained government health earnings, the Burnley court was told. " Spot the irony...[/p][/quote]Pure racism! ! She's been framed.[/p][/quote]Oh shut up FlatCap22 If a black cat was run over in the street you'd claim that was 'racism' too..... GrumpyofClayton
  • Score: 2

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