Tesco store in Berkshire investigated over milk

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Image caption West Berkshire Trading Standards said it will examine the store's procedures

A Tesco store in Berkshire is being investigated by trading standards for selling out-of-date milk.

The BBC understands the milk was two days past its use-by date at the shop in Burghfield Common last week.

West Berkshire Trading Standards said it will investigate the store's procedures. Businesses can be fined up to £5,000 per out-of-date item.

Tesco apologised and said it was committed to ensuring its food was sold fresh.

A spokesperson added: "We work hard to ensure we always have fresh products on our shelves - we apologise if on this occasion a product was displayed which shouldn't have been."

Sean Murphy, from trading standards, said: "There are two dates in use on foods in the UK, the first is best-before dates and they tend to go on foods with longer shelf lives where food safety isn't a major issue.

"Then you have this use-by date which goes on a lot of short-life food, often refrigerated food, such as milk and meat.

"If a food is past its use-by date it is unlawful to offer it for sale."

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