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Yorkshire abattoir fined for food hygiene failings

Yorkshire Abattoir Services Limited ordered to pay more than £34,400 after being found guilty of food hygiene offences.

A red meat slaughterhouse based in Osset, Yorkshire has been handed fines and costs totalling more than £34,400 after being found guilty of food hygiene failings.

Yorkshire Abattoir Services Limited pleaded not guilty after a series of failings were identified by Food Standards Agency inspectors and veterinarians between November 2016 and January 2017.

However, following a trial at Leeds Magistrates Court, District Judge Bouch found the business guilty on all 12 charges.

The charges brought against the business included failures to:

  • prevent contact between the outside of the skin and the carcase of sheep during the removal of fleece (‘in-rolling’)
  • remove faecal contamination from sheep carcases without delay
  • comply with a Remedial Action Notice related to ‘in-rolling’ - these notices can prohibit the use of equipment, limit or prohibit certain processes being carried out or reduce or stop operations

The initial incidents in early November 2016 led to a Remedial Action Notice being served which was breached in late December and again in early January 2017.  District Judge Bouch ordered the food business to pay a fine of £24,000 along with costs of £10,234.50 and a victim surcharge of £170.

Dr Colin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer of the FSA, recently said:

'We welcome this outcome which has brought this business to justice and has imposed significant charges upon them as a result.

'Where food businesses fail to uphold acceptable food hygiene standards and ignore an order requiring them to halt certain activities, we will investigate and we will look to prosecute.'

 

Channel website: https://www.food.gov.uk/

Original article link: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/news/yorkshire-abattoir-fined-for-food-hygiene-failings

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