• Successful prosecution after APA Lab finds harmful levels of Hydrogen Peroxide in tooth whitener

    A father and son have been jailed for selling unsafe teeth whitening products after being prosecuted by Powys County Council. A test purchase item obtained by Powys Trading Standards at the Royal Welsh Showand tested by the Public Analysts, Minton Treharne & Davies (MTD) was found to contain harmful levels of hydrogen peroxide; containing 11% hydrogen peroxide – some 110 times the legal limit for products that are sold directly to consumers. John Barry Hargreaves and son Matthew Hargreaves were sentenced to 18 months each at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court on Friday (16 September). The sentence comes after a three-year nationwide investigation led by the council’s Trading Standards Service, with the co-operation of the General Dentist Council (GDC). The father and son, from Southwood, Mereside, Knutsford, were convicted of running a fraudulent business under Section 9 of the Fraud Act 2006. Between October 2012 and July 2015, they used dishonest practices in making false claims about the teeth whitening products and making false claims about which company was selling the products at events throughout the United Kingdom.

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