There’s something fishy going on in Fife

Beware of rogue traders selling boxes of fish from vans in Fife.
Beware of rogue traders selling boxes of fish from vans in Fife.

Fife Council’s trading standards team is warning residents in the Kingdom about traders cold calling homes offering to sell boxes of fish at knock down prices.

You may not get what you pay for in relation to the amount of fish, or it could be unfit to eat.

Anyone operating a fish van in Fife is required to have a Street Traders licence which should be clearly on display. They should also be registered as a food business with the local authority.

The rogue fish vans may originate from outwith Fife. They are unlikely to be registered or have had food hygiene or trading standards inspections which ensures customers get quality products at the right prices.

Officers regularly take samples of fish from businesses to make sure that they have not been substituted with a cheaper species.

Dawn Adamson, trading standards lead officer, said: “To protect consumers, legally approved and accurate weighing equipment should be used and prices must be clearly displayed.

“Loose fish has to be sold according to its weight, with the fish type and unit price per kilogram clearly visible.

“The weight of the fish and final selling price should then be made known to the consumer before buying.

“The trading standards and food and workplace safety teams are working together to prevent Fifers from becoming victims of food fraud or illegal trading, and to make sure genuine businesses don’t lose out to these rogue traders.”

Anyone with concerns about traders selling fish from vans in Fife should call trading standards on 01592 583141 or report it online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/tradingstandards.