Consumers Warned Over Illegal Ice Cream Vendors

Consumers Warned Over Illegal Ice Cream Vendors
Consumers Warned Over Illegal Ice Cream Vendors

Licensing officers from have received a number of reports of illegal ice cream vans operating in a number of locations over the last week.

As many people start to enjoy the better weather, there were reports of unlicensed ice cream vendors operating in the , Hessle and Fraisthorpe areas.

Mobile ice cream vans need a licence to trade within the East Riding and a number of conditions are attached to the licenses in order to protect the public.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at , said:

“Not only are illegal vendors taking trade away from legitimate businesses, they could also be posing a potential health risk to the public as they may not have the correct food registration in place or have had the relevant food safety checks.”

“They could also pose a safety risk, as unlike our licensed traders, their backgrounds are not checked by the council.”

“If we find traders without a license in place we will look to prosecute and I would ask people to help us locate these rogue operators by informing the council’s licensing team of any traders without a plate on display.”

People can see if a trader is licensed as there will be a pink and white plate on the vehicle and a licence on display to show they are legitimate.

Only those operating as part of local fetes, festivals or markets are exempt from needing a licence.

The council can prosecute any ice cream vendors operating illegally and those who break the rules can expect fines of up to £1,000 per offence.

Anyone who has information about rogue ice cream sellers should email ’s licensing team – or call (01482) 396297 giving details of the vehicle, registration number, location and the time the vehicle was seen.

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