A visitor to Southport has complained that a shop selling traditional seaside rock and ice cream has sold him sweets more than two years out of date.
The customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, has sent pictures to the ECHO showing bars of nougat bought at Southport Rock on Neville Street with a best before date of May 2018.
The customer claims he bought three bars for five pounds from the kiosk shop yesterday.
He said: “The nougat we saw for sale was in the glass cabinet on the front of the shop. When we chose what we wanted, he then selected the bars from the shelving unit along the back wall.”
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The customer says it wasn’t until he got the sweets home that he noticed one of the bars seemed dirty, as if it had been in contact with the floor.
After closer inspection, he claimed two of the bubblegum flavoured nougat bars had the date “scrubbed” from them and another one read "best before May 17, 2018".
The customer contacted the shop via Facebook asking for a refund but said so far his request has been ignored.
He added: “This is about the principle. They are taking people's money and selling what I assume to be dated second-hand stock.
“I was only visiting for the day. Otherwise I’d of been right back at the shop this morning and I'm in no doubt I would have been refunded.
“I think its a disgrace that products with a date so far in the past are being sold for the price of in date goods.
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"They could make a person really ill, he should be ashamed of himself.
“I certainly wouldn't recommend this place of even purchase from them again, I feel its a trading standards issue as well as a health and safety issue.”
The customer says he has today reported to the shop to Sefton Council and is still waiting for the shop to respond to his request for a refund.
A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We have received a complaint today in relation to 'Southport Rock'.
"Sefton Council expects retailers to have the highest standards and to comply to all government food safety standards, therefore the Council will be investigating this matter and will inform the complainant of the outcome in due course.
“In the meantime if other residents want to make a complaint about food hygiene at any Sefton establishment, you can do so online here. "
The ECHO contacted Southport Rock on Neville Street but have not yet received a response.