Birmingham Halal Abattoir Limited has admitted responsibility for hygiene offences and been ordered to pay more than £11,000.
The business pleaded guilty to multiple instances of failing to prevent potential cross-contamination between carcases before their post-mortem inspection between March and April 2019. The carcases were held on a rail system in the slaughterhouse which was moving too quickly causing them to come into contact with each other. This issue, known as ‘bunching’, had previously been identified by FSA officials who had issued a Remedial Action Notice which instructed the business to take steps to address it.
The FSA brought two charges for food safety and hygiene offences and an additional charge for a breach of the Remedial Action Notice. The business pleaded guilty to one of the hygiene offences and the FSA withdrew the remaining two charges.
At a hearing at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, the district judge took into account the company’s previous convictions for similar offences and concluded that culpability in the case was ‘high’ with a low risk to the public.
The business was fined £4,000 and was ordered to pay costs of £7,000 and a victim surcharge of £180.