Abattoir boss receives £8,000 fine

The boss of a Yorkshire abattoir has been fined £8000 after admitting at Southwark Crown Court that he failed to comply with food regulations relating to food traceability.

The Food Standards Agency has welcomed the successful prosecution which follows an investigation into the horse meat scandal in 2013.

The court heard that Peter Boddy sold 55 carcasses without keeping a note of where they were going. Another 17 animals entered his abattoir without documentation showing where they had come from.

The slaughterhouse manager David Moss received a four-month suspended prison sentence for falsifying an invoice.

Boddy and Moss were each asked to pay costs of more than £10,000.

Jason Feeney, Chief Operating Officer at the FSA, said: 'We are pleased with the successful conclusion of this prosecution. The rules on food traceability are there to protect consumers and legitimate businesses.”

The judge Alistair McCreath said:  “The traceability of food products, here meat, is of critical importance in relation to public health. If meat causes ill health, then it is important that those responsible for investigating the cause of it should quickly be able to discover where the meat came from and trace it backwards and backwards and backwards to find where the problem lies and prevent the problem escalating.”

Food safety lawyer Tina Patel said:

“Consumers have the right to expect that the integrity of food entering the food chain cannot be doubted.

“The setting up of the Food Crime Unit will serve an important role in protecting consumers against food fraud.

“It is encouraging to see the Food Standards Agency taking action against people working in the food industry who believe they can mislead consumers about the products they are eating.”