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Slaughterhouses: Standards

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which abattoirs (a) were prosecuted by and (b) received written warnings from the Food Standards Agency in each of the last three years. (201171)

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has informed the Department that they prosecuted the following abattoirs in the last three years:

2005

2 Sisters Premier Division Limited;

Bradford Halal Meat Company;

Grove Smith (Turkeys) Limited;

Harvey Ashworth (Manchester) Limited;

J H Lambert (Bungay) Limited;

Kedassia Poultry Limited;

Muslim Halal Live Chicken and Poultry;

NJG Halal Slaughtering Limited;

Traditional Norfolk Poultry Limited; and

Yorkshire Poultry Products Limited.

2006

C E Partridge and Son Limited;

E and T Jackson and Sons;

Frank Bird (Poultry) Limited;

Harvey Ashworth (Manchester) Limited;

HCF Poultry Limited;

Leonard Ames (Ampthill) Limited;

Oakland Farms Limited;

Paul Flatman Limited;

Pembrokeshire Meat Company Limited;

Saleh Brothers (Poultry Processors) Limited;

Wakefield Halal Meats;

West Devon Meat Limited;

West Scottish Lamb Limited; and

Yorkshire Poultry Products Limited.

2007

2 Sisters Food Group Limited;

AS Audhali Farm Gate Fresh Poultry Limited;

Coast and County Meat Supply Company Limited;

Gafoor Poultry Products Limited;

Leicester Farm Fresh Turkeys;

Medina Meat and Poultry Group;

M Najib and Sons Limited;

P J King and Sons;

Spenborough Abattoir Limited;

St. Merryn Meat Limited;

Stockton Butchers Slaughtering Company Limited;

West Devon Meat Limited; and

Woolley Brothers (Wholesale Meats) Limited.

The FSA does not conduct its own prosecutions in Scotland. Cases referred by the FSA to the relevant Procurator Fiscal resulted in successful prosecutions against the following abattoirs:

2005

Wishaw Abattoir Limited

2006

John M Munro Limited;

Orkney Meat Limited; and

Wishaw Abattoir Limited.

2007

Mathers (Inverurie) Limited;

McIntosh Donald Limited; and

Scotch Premier Meat Limited.

Written warnings are used in an informal advisory way by the FSA and do not form part of the formal enforcement process. The aim when issuing a written warning is to provide the food business operator with clarification of the legal requirements or to encourage compliance. They are not a criminal sanction and are used as a routine part of the hierarchy of enforcement at approved meat plants. The Meat Hygiene Service, an Executive Agency of the FSA, issued the following number of written warnings in the course of the last three financial years:

Number

2005-06

4,676

2006-07

6,637

2007-08

3,848