Horsemeat scandal abattoir boss hit with new fines

By Dan Colombini contact

- Last updated on GMT

The court found Boddy guilty of two charges
The court found Boddy guilty of two charges

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Peter Boddy, owner of the Burnley-based Cross Stone Abattoir, has been hit with fines of more than £7,000 after being prosecuted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for failing to comply with a horse-related detention notice.​

Boddy, who was involved in the 2013 horsemeat scandal, has been fined £600, as well facing costs totalling more than £6,700 for failing to comply with a detention notice, covering a black-brown horse detained for further examination, which should not have been removed from the premises. ​

Further offence​

He pleaded guilty to the charge, as well as to a further offence of failing to comply with food safety regulations, covering the acceptance of a foal without food chain information (FCI) in April last year.​

Additional charges, which alleged Boddy had failed to check an animal passport for a foal presented for slaughter and intended for human consumption, were dropped.​

Back in 2015, Boddy was fined £60,000 after pleading guilty to two offences covering the traceability of horsemeat in the food chain. This was related to the 2013 scandal, which uncovered the presence of horsemeat in various beef products sold by major retailers.​

Detention notice​​

Mr Boddy pleaded guilty to two charges at Burnley Magistrates’ Court, of failing to comply with a detention notice and failing to notify an official veterinarian (OV) of an animal without food chain information (FCI)​,” an FSA spokesman told Food Manufacture​. ​

He was ordered to pay a fine and costs totalling more than £6,700. It is vitally important for consumers and the wider industry that regulations are followed and public health is protected​.​

The FSA will continue to rigorously investigate suspected breaches and prosecute those involved to ensure vital regulations are upheld​.”​

Boddy had declined to comment on the latest charge at the time of publication.​

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