Poultry processor fined
A chicken processing company has been fined for illegal operation of its West Yorkshire slaughterhouse.
Yorkshire Poultry Products Ltd admitted one offence at Bradford Magistrates’ Court of operating its slaughterhouse at Hammerton Street in Bradford without an environmental permit.
The company was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,867 and a victim surcharge of £15.
Jill Fogg, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, told the court that Yorkshire Poultry Products had been made aware of the regulations requiring it to apply for a permit. The company, which sources, processes and supplies chickens to the catering industry, began the application process in 2005 and again in 2006, but did not pursue the matter.
New laws came into force in April 2008, which require any slaughterhouse processing more than 50t of carcases each day to have an environmental permit.
Environment officers visited the premises in February 2009 and checked records, which showed that, on five occasions in January 2009, the company was processing more than 50t of chicken.
Yorkshire Poultry Products agreed the capacity of the site and said that, in the past six months, this figure had crept over the threshold at which a permit was required. It has since been granted a permit.