Published On: Tue, Jan 13th, 2015 on 4:45 pm

Bradford retailer fined over £15,000 for unsafe goods, putting lives at risk

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Investigators found many products missing safety warnings.

A Bradford retailer has been fined over £15,000 after pleading guilty to selling illegal cosmetics, toys and household products.

Ashvin Rana, 47, who is the principal partner of Papa Cash and Carry was investigated by West Yorkshire Trading Standards in February 2014 after failing to follow advice provided regarding the safety of children’s toys and other household products.

This was despite having been previously prosecuted and sent to prison for a similar disregard of the law, and a disregard for public safety.

Trading Standards issued Rana with a legal notice after the investigation in February, requiring him to remove from sale approximately 7,000 products that lacked safety warnings and markings, and those that also appeared to be unsafe.

Samples of items were taken for analysis, which were found to be lacking basic labelling information and failing to meet with compositional requirements.

These products included henna, air fresheners, glue, water pistols and colouring chalks.

The goods were identified at his two cash and carry premises on Leeds Road and Cottam Avenue in Bradford.

Rana further failed to have any dialogue with Trading Standards after the investigation, and also failed to attend Bradford Magistrates Court on three separate occasions claiming he was unwell.

He was given a fine in excess of £15,000.

David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said: “This case goes to show that it is not acceptable to import and retail products such as these without carrying out the relevant checks and tests to ensure they are safe and meet the requirements of UK Legislation.

“Papa’s Cash and Carry has persistently flouted product safety legislation and we hope this case sends out the message that the supply of unsafe consumer goods in West Yorkshire will not be tolerated.”

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