March 26, 2012 Wandsworth
A Tooting market trader has been given a suspended jail sentence after being caught in possession of illegal foods including bush meat and products from endangered species.
Cyril Ussher, of Monisher Foods in Broadway Market, was given a 14-week jail term, suspended for 18 months, after he was convicted of four food safety and hygiene charges.
Richmond Magistrates court heard Wandsworth Council’s food safety team launched an investigation into Mr Ussher after a selection of illegal food was intercepted at Heathrow airport.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) contacted the town hall after being tipped off by customs officials that part of the package was addressed to Monisher Foods in Tooting.
When the FSA team visited Mr Ussher’s premises they found a freezer full of meat and fish, including pigs trotters, smoked tilapia and smoked barracuda.
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