Food Law News - UK - 2006

FSA News Item, 22 August 2006

MEAT HYGIENE - Court condemns meat from NI coldstore

The Food Standards Agency has welcomed a court decision yesterday, 21 August 2006 , to condemn meat seized during an investigation into a coldstore in Northern Ireland .

The FSA had applied to have the meat condemned as part of an ongoing, multi-agency investigation into re-packaging and re-labelling activity at the Euro Freeze Ireland (Ltd) coldstore.

After a four-week hearing at Fermanagh Magistrates Court, the magistrate concluded that health marks found at the premises were illicit and that 'repackaging contrary to the terms of his licence was taking place at Euro Freeze'. The court ruled that all 254 pallets of meat intended for human consumption should be condemned and ordered the company to pay the costs of destroying them.

While the Magistrate's decision makes clear his view of the activities undertaken at Euro Freeze ( Ireland ) Ltd, this is an ongoing and complex case. That wider investigation, informed by yesterday's decision, will continue, with a view to possible criminal proceedings.

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