Food Standards Agency
Romford abattoir fined £24,000 for hygiene breaches
Abattoir found guilty following repeated warnings over ‘bunching’ of carcasses.
Romford Halal Meats Ltd has been fined a total of £23,952.35 for meat hygiene failings after being prosecuted by the Food Standards Agency.
The abattoir was found guilty of failing to prevent carcases from coming into contact with others before a post-mortem inspection is completed.
The bunching of carcases at the abattoir occurred on 23 July 2017 and followed a series of warnings provided to the site operators to resolve the issue.
The EU provision helps to ensure that carcasses are not bunched together prior to inspection which reduces the likelihood of cross-contamination.
Once a post-mortem inspection has taken place, a carcass can have a health mark applied and be placed on the market.
District Judge Gary Lucie handed down his judgment on 15 March 2019 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court and the food business received a fine of £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,782.38 and a victim surcharge of £170.
Dr Colin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer yesterday said:
“The FSA takes breaches of food hygiene regulations very seriously.
“We welcome this fine for the unacceptable disregard of procedures that are put in place to protect consumers.
“It helps to send a clear message to other abattoirs that fail to uphold the required standards of food safety.”
Latest News from
Food Standards Agency
FSA consults on updated guidance following change to allergen labelling law24/01/2020 10:20:00
The FSA has published a consultation on updates to its existing technical guidance to reflect changes to food allergen labelling legislation in England which comes into effect on 1 October 2021.
Belfast Trust Achieves Calorie Wise Gold Award23/01/2020 08:15:00
The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is recognised with a Calorie Wise Gold Award for displaying calorie information on all menu items in restaurants across five of its hospital sites.
FSA Board: ‘Protecting the consumer interest comes first’22/01/2020 14:10:00
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board yesterday confirmed its approach to future trade negotiations featuring food and feed, contributed to the development of the National Food Strategy, and signed off a long-term strategy to improve life for people with allergies and intolerances.
Open Meeting of Welsh Food Advisory Committee14/01/2020 14:10:00
The Welsh Food Advisory Committee of the Food Standards Agency is holding its next open meeting in Cardiff on Thursday 16 January 2020.
FSA Board meeting papers published for January 202010/01/2020 11:42:00
The agenda and papers for the January Board meeting have been published.
New appointments to the FSA Board08/01/2020 10:10:10
The Food Standards Agency has announced three new appointments to its Board. Margaret Gilmore, Timothy Riley and Mark Rolfe will serve for three-year terms, ending in 2022.
Reduce food waste and stay safe this Christmas18/12/2019 10:10:00
We buy approximately 10 million turkeys each Christmas, yet we throw away over 100,000 tonnes of poultry every year, most of it completely edible.
FSA Chair elected Master of St John’s College Cambridge05/12/2019 14:10:00
The Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, Heather Hancock, has been elected as the new Master of St John’s College, Cambridge. Heather will take up her post in October next year.
FSA Social Science Symposium centres on food, innovation and the future consumer06/11/2019 15:20:00
Lab grown meat, the perspectives of Generation Z, climate change and the impact of space technology on the food system were some of the topics discussed at our third annual Symposium of Social Science.