The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has brought a successful prosecution against an Essex (UK) slaughterhouse for deliveries of over-temperature meat.
A judge found Elmkirk Limited guilty on all eight charges under the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations, fined the company £12,000 and ordered it to pay prosecution costs of nearly £26,000.
Seven of the offences concerned the delivery of meat from Elmkirk Limited to meat wholesalers based at Smithfield Market in London.
Elmkirk Limited had previously had its approval to transport warm (more than 7°C) meat to premises in Smithfield withdrawn, but continued to do so.
Elmkirk Limited was therefore found guilty of continuing to make these deliveries without the necessary authorisation.
The other offence concerned a delivery of over-temperature meat from Elmkirk Limited to premises in Leeds. This was a journey in excess of two hours and the meat should have been chilled and kept chilled before and during transportation.
In his summary of the case, the judge stressed that the regulations are aimed at securing a high standard of consumer protection with a risk-based approach to food safety.
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