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Selfridges facing court over raw milk vending machines

24-Jan-2013

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed its intention to prosecute department store Selfridges over its decision to install raw cow milk-dispensing vending machines at stores in 2011.

Selfridges and Stephen Hook – the farmer who supplied Selfridges with the unpasteurised milk – look set to be prosecuted for breaching food hygiene regulations.

Summons have been served to both parties. A hearing is scheduled for 6 February 2013 at Westminster Magistrates Court.

“The decision follows a detailed investigation, after vending machines dispensing raw cow milk were installed at Selfridges, in 2011. The FSA will consider taking action where it has evidence that regulations have been breached,” said the FSA announcement.

The FSA added that the case in not linked the on-going review of rules that govern the sale and marketing of unpasteurised drinking milk in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.