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Limerick Trader Prosecuted under Food and Drugs Act

In a recent session at the Limerick Liberties Petty Sessions, a prosecution under the Food and Drugs Act unfolded, drawing attention to the quality of goods sold in the area. Michael S. Bartley, a dealer from Blackboy, was accused of selling Indian meal that did not meet the expected standards on July 27th, to the detriment of the purchaser.

The case, presided over by Lord Heffy and Justices P. J. Day, W. A. Nolan, and N. Huttonbrey, saw Sergeant Kelly leading the prosecution. Bartley was represented by Mr E. J. Phelps, with instructions from Mr J. Dodds, solicitor.

Sergeant Kelly presented evidence of the purchase of Indian meal from Bartley, with a certificate from Sir Charles Cameron defining the quality of the product. However, objections were raised regarding the admissibility of the certificate as evidence.

In response to the objections, Sergeant Kelly opted not to proceed further with the case and requested an adjournment. Mr Phelps objected to the adjournment, highlighting that a notice had been served to produce Sir Charles Cameron.

Ultimately, the magistrates dismissed the prosecution without prejudice, denying an application for special costs as the statute did not provide for them.

The case underscores the importance of adherence to quality standards under the Food and Drugs Act and the diligence required in legal proceedings to uphold such standards.

Evening Irish Times – Friday 15 October 1915