March 2007 Hackney Council News Release: 19/03/2007
Meat Condemned by Court
On Wednesday 14 March 2007 Thames Magistrates' Court imposed an Order to destroy unsound food which consisted of eleven half sides of mutton, to prevent it from being used for human consumption. The Order was against Mr Islam Sultan Mohamed of Islam Halal Meat Butchers, 134-138 Ridley Road, London E8, and Janan Meat Limited The Abattoir Ham Lane, Kingswinford, West Midlands DY6 7JU.
The action followed Hackney Environmental Health Officers visiting Islam Halal Meat Butchers, in Ridley Road last summer. This was part of an ongoing programme of routine inspections by the Environmental Health Services team to stamp out the illegal meat trade and food fraud in the borough. They seized the unsound carcasses, which did not have the mandatory health mark to show that the animals had been slaughtered and processed in approved premises under public health control.
The condemned mutton carcasses had been certified Halal by the Halal Food Authority, 109 Fulham Palace Road London W6 8JA.
Councillor Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: "The council's Environmental Health Officers are committed to working with all businesses to protect the public. Any breaches of standards will be treated very seriously. I welcome this verdict which I hope will send a strong message out to persistent food hygiene offenders across the borough. Butchers proprietors have a duty of care towards their customers.
I congratulate our Environmental Health Service Team who doggedly pursued this matter. The public need to be able to trust the suppliers of the food they feed their families. They need to know it is safe and regulated. The Council will continue to do its utmost to ensure the illicit trade in unfit meat, and food fraud stamped out from Hackney."
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