Conviction over mislabelling of "organic" produce
An Irish shopowner has been convicted of mislabelling
conventionally-produced chicken as organic, sparking outrage from his fellow
The retailer, trading as the Organic Shop in Cork's English Market, was
fined €2,000 plus €400 in costs after displaying non-organic chicken pieces
under a sign saying 'Organic Shop'.
Proprietor Marc O'Mahony said that in the exceptionally rare case he could
not source an organic product, he would get a non-organic one.
A fellow market trader said: â€œMost of the stallholders in the market work
very hard to achieve and hold a high level of trust between them and their
customers. Marc O'Mahony has betrayed that trust and disgraced, not only
himself, but the whole market.â€
The Department of
confirmed last year that Mr O'Mahony's premises had been
investigated for mislabelling on several occasions over the past three years,
but that no convictions had been made.
On December 12, 2005, four batches of poultry meat, including duck, goose
and turkey portions, were seized at Mr O'Mahony's premises in Douglas mainly due
to a lack of accurate labelling, and therefore having no traceability, and also
due to the product being past its sell-by date. Two batches of poultry meat were
seized during an inspection at the English Market.
â€œThe inspections were a follow-up to inspections during the year and, in
particular, a series of non-compliances with labelling standards found last
year,â€ the department said at the time.
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