The director of a business fined hundreds of pounds for selling incorrectly labelled chewing tobacco and snuff told a court he bought it from regional suppliers and did not realise it was illegal to sell.
Mohammed Saleem, 40, of Tanglewood in Fulwood, Preston, admitted three counts of possessing and supplying chewing tobacco and snuff that did not comply with warning requirements
His firm, Kashmir Watan, also admitted the same counts in a prosecution brought by Lancashire’s Trading Standards team.
Preston Magistrates Court fined them a total of £1,200, and a total of £240 costs must be paid, with a £40 victim surcharge.
The firm and its director pleaded guilty by letter to Preston Magistrates Court.
Prosecuting, Nick McNamara of Trading Standards said the case related to incorrectly labelled tobacco products, and that legislation applied to “smokeless” tobacco because they still contained nicotine.
He said: “ Products are supposed to carry the message: ‘This tobacco product can damage your health and is addictive.’ The purpose is to ensure the public are warned of the dangers of consuming tobacco products.”
The court heard on June 20 last year 613 packs of chewing tobacco and 91 packets of snuff were seized from the Kashmir Watan store at Burnley, all without the correct labelling.
On September 5 Trading Standards officers made a follow up visit to the store on Kent Street in Preston, where three packets of incorrectly labelled chewing tobacco and one of snuff were sold to an officer for £3.60.
A week later 138 packs of chewing tobacco and 48 packs of snuff were seized.