Poundworld Retail has been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9,000 for selling defective and non-compliant medical devices in the UK.

An investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in 2009 revealed that Poundworld was selling defective digital thermometers, which were found to give an inaccurate reading.

Despite being issued with formal notices, the company continued to place the products on its shelves.

According to MHRA, the digital thermometers were not CE marked, and did not carry the appropriate warnings, precautions, instructions for use.

The device’s packaging was also found to lack information about the manufacturer, batch or serial number.

In addition, the company was also selling a number of non-compliant devices such as sterile dressings, bandages and plasters.

Peter Commins, MHRA director of devices, said that the retailer had shown a severe disregard for public health by knowingly putting these products on the market.

“The MHRA will continue to take action against individuals who put public health at risk,” Commins said.