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Guilty verdicts in ICA meat cheat scandal

Guilty verdicts in ICA meat cheat scandal

Published: 10 Jun 2009 15:52 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Jun 2009 15:52 GMT+02:00

The men, aged 27 and 35, were ordered to pay fines equivalent to 40 days' pay by the Nacka District Court for having violated Sweden’s food laws.

In addition, the store itself was fined 100,000 kronor ($13,000).

The ICA meat labeling scandal erupted in late 2007 following a report by Sveriges Television’s investigative news programme Uppdrag Granskning.

The show included footage of ICA employees putting labels with new expiration dates on packages of meat and reselling them in four different ICA stores.

Four separate preliminary investigations were launched, but three of the investigations were abandoned due to a lack of corroborating evidence.

Last autumn, prosecutor Solveig Sörlien brought charges against the ICA Maxi store in Nacka, arguing the store should pay at least 350,000 kronor in fines.

Although she had yet to read through the court’s ruling, Sörlien told the TT news agency following the verdict that she was happy that the court had accepted her arguments in convicting the employees and meting out a fine to the company.

Sörlien had originally argued for bigger fines because she felt the crime was committed by company leaders bestowed with the power to represent franchisers, according to her original filing.

“It’s hard to set a corporate fine, there just isn’t any precedent. It’s possible that the district court thought that it couldn’t be proven that this was as widespread as I thought,” she told TT in relation to the court’s decision to issue a fine of 100,000 kronor rather than 350,000 kronor.

Sörlien refused to comment as to whether or not she planned to appeal the ruling, saying she needed to read through the judgment in detail first.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

16:30 June 10, 2009 by Rap43
"Not as widespread as I thought..."

Happens at my local ICA all the time... dark meat inside nice fresh pink meat... as far as I recall from cooking school this is impossible everywhere except at ICA.
20:28 June 10, 2009 by byke
The judgement should have been stronger.
15:38 June 12, 2009 by sthlmstdnt
This happens in my local ICA in Armegatan as well. Dark colour inside fresh seeming meat.

This is not all. Whenever I buy meat from ICA, it leaves tons of water on the pan. What I think is that they inject water in the meat in order to make it heavier.
21:21 June 13, 2009 by Pacey
Why do you buy meat at ICA then!! Its is akin to askin if someone has robbed you you ask them to have your valuables for safekeeping.

I think the best thing is to have Fresh Meat so the controversy of packaged meat does not exist.

Moreover these people at ICA might also be repackaging bread and other stuff as well by changing the dates. Just goes to show the non existence of consumer protection lawes in Sweden
00:36 June 15, 2009 by Coalbanks
is ICA a low-cost outlet? located in low-rent areas? we have seen this kind of behaviour occassionally but I can't remember the last time I heard of it happening around here.
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