A butcher has appeared in court charged with placing fake adverts in local papers and selling mislabeled meat.
Simon Drust, 49, owner of The Meat Shack in Studley, Warwickshire, placed adverts in the Redditch Standard, Solihull Observer and on Facebook saying "Buy British-All Beef pork, Lamb and Chicken" when it was not from this country.
The 49-year-old, from Johns Close in Studley, appeared at Warwick Magistrates Court on December 19 facing a number of charges relating to fraud and misleading customers.
The charges include the sale of non-British meat under banners stating "Best British Beef, Best British Pork, Best British Chicken and Poultry and Best British Lamb".
Other charges include misleading customers about meats and poultry sold in the shop, including the country of origin, the breed from which beef was derived, whether pork was free range, and whether meats and poultry were fresh or had been frozen.
Also appearing at the court, at the same time, was director of The Meat Shack Studley Ltd Susan Mitchell, 51, also of Johns Close in Studley, who faces the same charges.
Both Mr Drust and Mrs Mitchell were released on unconditional bail.
They are both set to appear at Warwick Crown Court on January 22, reports the Redditch Advertiser.
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