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Out-of-date pasty sold by Folkestone 99p Store fed to two-year-old

By Folkestone Herald  |  Posted: August 26, 2011

  • Disgusted: Tara Woods bought the pasty last week

  • Shop: The 99p Store

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BOSSES at a discount shop in Folkestone town centre have admitted selling an out-of-date pasty, which a young mum claims made her young son ill.

Tara Woods, 22, went to the 99p Store in Sandgate Road on Tuesday, August 16, and bought her two-year old Frankie Orris a meat and potato Tindale and Stanton pasty for his lunch.

But as he took his first bite she noticed the sell-by date was August 13 – three days before her visit to the store.

Hussein Lalani, commercial director for the chain, confirmed an investigation was being held as to how the out-of-date pasty was sold.

He said: "If in this case we are in the wrong then we apologise profusely and a full investigation is being held as to why we sold the out-of-date pasty."

Miss Woods, a single mum of two who lives in Holywell Avenue, said: "I was absolutely disgusted.

"I grabbed it out his mouth and threw it on the floor but he'd already swallowed.

"I went in straight away and demanded to see the manager. Eventually some guy came out the back and when I showed him the receipt and the packaging he offered me a £5 gift voucher for the store, which I declined.

"I said I'd phone head office and left but Frankie was ill during the next night.

"He was all right thankfully but I didn't get any sleep for worry.

"I believe it was caused by the bite he had taken."

Miss Woods went back to the store the next day but was again offered a £5 voucher.

She said: "I'll never shop there again.

"It was horrible but I'm just relieved I noticed the sell-by date on the packaging or he might have eaten it all."

Mr Lalani added: "We are very surprised to hear this.

"We regularly check all our products and have regular visits from Trading Standards and comply with all regulations."

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  • atagirl  |  January 13 2012, 12:19PM

    I remember when kids just ate bogeys not pasties. Its got to be good news though when the editors have nothing more serious to put on their front page.

  • markwaghorn  |  September 05 2011, 5:54PM

    This story should not be mocked as it has highlighted a serious issue of concern to the public. Well done The Folkestone Herald. Keep it up.

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  • DeepnGreen  |  September 02 2011, 8:59PM

    Wouldn't it be ironic if some of the rioters who looted shops a couple of weeks ago ended up seriously ill from looting out of date pasties?

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  • bulldog1944  |  September 02 2011, 2:07PM

    Why don't they just sterilise these young mums, they have no idea what so ever of looking after a child, let alone working and supporting these children. You only have to look in most Mc Donalds and see children as young as 6 months old having burgers shoved down their throats, when do you ever see a child eating healthily? I encountered a young mum in broadstairs last winter, snow on the ground strong wind with a baby as young as 2 weeks old, no hat no gloves and she was crying whilst the mother was standing talking into her mobile phone, no thought for the child at all this iis child abuse. Everyone knows all babies loose their body heat through their head and should be covered at all times. Tara Woods should attend Mother and Toddlers training course, which I might add is again down to the tax payers. We never had to teach a mother how to feed or look after their children in the past! Why are the current day mums so useless?

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  • WaryWalrus  |  September 01 2011, 9:10PM

    I once ate a 2 day out of date sausage, and turned into a Walrus. This woman deserves JUSTICE.

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  • stb642  |  September 01 2011, 4:28PM

    Does the Editor not realise that sell-by dates are for the retailers use only - it doesn't mean that the product is not fit for human consumption. The eat-by date is the important one to consider. Shocking use of a front-page story!

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  • morganvalenti  |  September 01 2011, 3:48PM

    It's a pasty. From a 99p store. Being fed to a child. Does someone see the problem here? How about getting your backside to a market and getting him some fresh fruit/veg? Christ.

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  • fnoobar123  |  September 01 2011, 3:14PM

    It's not like he's going to die from it, other than maybe from obesity...

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  • 69facebug69  |  September 01 2011, 1:22PM

    Poor kid has a mother that cannot read. That's 99p that the tax payer will never get back.

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  • MSmiv  |  September 01 2011, 4:17AM

    What an embarrassment to herself. She's just after a payout. I'm guessing she's already in a nice little flat that's paid for by out taxes and claiming benefits for the 2 kids she has. He wasn't ill off of one bite, he was probably ill off of the other **** she obviously feeds her kids. How this is a main story is beyond me!

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