Firm gets stung over dodgy salt

A Brighouse firm has been ordered to pay over £2,000 for supplying dodgy rock salt.

Deco-Pak Limited on Halifax Road, Brighouse, pleaded guilty to selling a product using a false description under the Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The offence occurred during the harsh weather last winter.

Consumers who bought the product complained to West Yorkshire Trading Standards that the ‘rock salt’ was not effectively melting the snow and ice.

One complainant described the product as leaving a ‘river of sand’ behind.

Samples were purchased and sent to the West Yorkshire Public Analyst for testing where they were found to contain a mixture of sand and grit less than 20 per cent rock salt.

Deco-Pak had been previously advised that a product described as ‘rock salt’ must comply with the British Standards.

Graham Hebblethwaite, Chief Officer of West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service said, “This case should act as a warning to all traders. Items on sale should be described accurately to avoid misleading innocent purchasers. This was a deliberate act intended to increase profits at a time of high demand.”

Deco-Pak were fined £1,000 for the offence and ordered to pay £1,200 in costs.