A FRAUDSTER selling dodgy food supplements received a suspended sentence after his company's products were found to be 'up to 99 per cent deficient' in some ingredients.

Rakesh Odedra, owner of Dirro Group Ltd, was sentenced to 10 months' imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid work for the fraudulent sale of food supplements.

The business was fined £ 24,000 after Mr. Odedra pleaded guilty to a charge in a case brought by Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards Service.

So what, given a two-year conditional discharge for other food regulatory expenses and ordered to pay £ 6,000 towards the prosecution's costs.

In 2016, at Oxfordshire-based customer of the company, after the claim has been made, the same effect has been made.

Products from the online seller, trading as Vitastore, have been tested and found to be significantly deficient in the alleged active ingredients, in some cases up to 99 per cent.

Afterwards to Oxfordshire County Council investigation, Mr. Odedra, the sole director of Dirro Group Ltd, which was charged with several releases, both as individual and as the company itself.

These issues were under the Food Safety Act 1990, The Nutrition and Health Claims (England) Regulations 2007 and the Fraud Act 2006.

He pleaded guilty at the Oxford Crown Court on September 26, with the £ 24,000 fine made up of £ 5,000 by Food Safety Act and £ 3,000 by Nutritional and Health Claims Regulation.

Jody Kerman, from Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards, said: "When it comes to food products and supplements, we are all vulnerable consumers who have faith and trust in the accuracy of labels and descriptions.

"Food fraud is a local isolated issue, all the way to the national horsemeat incident of 2013 and therefore needs to be tackled at every level. Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards Service wants to take all appropriate action to help ensure our counties thriving communities and a thriving economy.

"Food fraud is a serious matter that undermines public trust in food businesses and therefore our role is not only protect purchasers, but also supports the vast majority of honest businesses by tackling rogue businesses."



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