The fallout from the Russian spy poisoning incident at Sainsbury’s has escalated dramatically. Field Officers from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) confirmed that the Novichok given to Former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was 8 months past its expiry date at the time of administration. MHRA officials have located one of the used Novichok vials and noted “serious deficiencies in labeling including the absence of warning statements and an expiry date of July 2017”. In addition the vial did not include any tamper-evident features, making the product vulnerable to undetected adulteration.
Theresa May was quick to respond, issuing a strongly-worded reprimand directed at Mr. Putin in which she admonished the Russian regime for failing to adhere to basic standards for products to be given to humans:
Britain has always been a nation of shopkeepers. British democracy is founded on the principles of correct branding of our goods. We label clearly. We include product warnings. We respect expiry dates. We will never allow foreign powers who ride roughshod over labeling to act with impunity on our soil. Mr. Putin you will meet me in court.
Mr. Putin is being charged under EU Directive 2001/83/EC and has been summoned to Salisbury Crown Court for an initial hearing on Wednesday, providing the municipal building is able to open due to a long-running dispute with two of its senior cleaning staff, causing certain areas of the court to be closed on Wednesdays.