Cutting plant fined for hygiene offences

By Aidan Fortune

- Last updated on GMT

Cutting plant Asia Halal Meat Suppliers has been fined for hygiene offences (stock image)
Cutting plant Asia Halal Meat Suppliers has been fined for hygiene offences (stock image)
Birmingham-based cutting plant Asia Halal Meat Suppliers has been fined £14,666 plus costs of £4,794 for food hygiene offences.

The business pleaded guilty to the offences at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 8 March 2019 and was ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge which goes to the court on top of the fine.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) prosecuted the business for failing to ensure that its operatives were wearing appropriate protective clothing, including hairnets and beard snoods during a visit by an FSA auditor in January 2018.

During the audit, an employee with facial hair was seen cutting and packing meat without protective clothing in the processing area. When the auditor began to take photographs as evidence, the business owner moved in the way to prevent them from being taken.

According to the FSA, the company had received previous warnings for the same issue in September 2017, which was detected during an unannounced inspection, and they also received written advice following an audit in December of the same year. A statutory notice was served on 10 January 2018 as a further warning.

Dr Colin Sullivan, chief operating officer of the FSA, said: “We take breaches of all hygiene regulations seriously and I am pleased that this company has been held accountable for breaking these rules.

“Where food businesses fail to uphold acceptable food hygiene standards, we will not be prevented from gathering evidence to allow us to investigate and we will look to prosecute.”

In December 2018, baked goods manufacturer Coopland & Son was fined more than £150,000​ for health and safety offences relating to staff members being exposed to flour dust.

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1 comment

isnt three warnings more than enough

Posted by Greg,

Surely they should have been punished earlier. Over 18 months of failing to comply!

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