Working together for fireworks safety

Fireworks season is well underway and Kent County Council’s Trading Standards Team is busy helping to keep communities safe. As well as checking and advising retailers on selling and storing fireworks safely, Trading Standards officers also respond to reports of people selling fireworks illegally, most often from private homes, the backs of vans or anonymously…

Kent food firms get set for Natasha’s Law

More pre-packaged food like takeaway sandwiches and salads will need their full ingredients listed when new allergen labelling rules come into force at the end of this week – and businesses need to be ready, Kent Trading Standards reminded today. From Friday 1st October, Natasha’s Law will also require places that make and sell pre-packed…

Illegal tobacco seized from Maidstone shops

Nearly 35,000 illegal cigarettes have been seized by KCC Trading Standards officers in a series of visits to shops in Maidstone as part of Operation CeCe, a National Trading Standards initiative in partnership with HMRC. Kent Police Community Safety Unit and Maidstone Borough Council’s Community Protection Team supported the initiative across two days of action.…

Dial in for free Brexit business advice

Kent businesses needing help to navigate new trade rules will be able to put their queries directly to experts – including Kent County Council Trading Standards. Hosted by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday’s EU Transition: Ask the Experts’ free zoom webinar, 10.30am-12.30pm, is designed to be highly interactive with the content of the…

Counterfeit goods land seller in court

A man who sold counterfeit goods from a relative’s address in Folkestone through Facebook has appeared in court, following a KCC Trading Standards investigation. Richard Friend appeared before Canterbury Magistrates’ Court (on Tuesday 20 September) charged with14 Trade Mark offences and admitted selling counterfeit goods through his Facebook page. The Trading Standards investigation was launched…

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Money-launderer jailed after Trading Standards investigation

Building and roofing scams across Kent, including in Tovil (Maidstone), and Willesborough (Ashford) have resulted in a successful prosecution of a man for money-laundering, following an investigation led by KCC Trading Standards. Vincenzo Gimigliano was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment at the Inner London Crown Court on Thursday (7 July) after pleading guilty to 11…

Roadshow highlights illegal tobacco dangers

A major campaign to raise awareness of the dangers posed by illegal tobacco sales takes place in Thanet this week. Trading Standards Officers from Kent County Council will be working alongside Kent Fire and Rescue, the Margate Task Force and representatives from Public Health at a series of roadshows at five different locations from Monday (4…