Bradford offal transporter fined

A Yorkshire transport companytransporting animal by-products to a rendering plant has beenhit with a finetotalling more than 40,000 after poultry waste spilledoutonto roads.

Alba Transport, part of the Leo Group, admitted breachinghealth andsafety regulations during a hearing before Bradford Crown Court.

The court heardeyewitnessreports that in 2009 skip trucks, collectingwastefrom restaurantsin Bradford, spilled chicken offal overroads on several occasions.

One pile of intestines was seen on a pavement near a school and, on another occasion, a motorcyclist skidded on the offal.

Other residents described a strong smell of decomposition lingering for days.

In mitigaton itwassaid that Alba Transportwas in the process of upgrading its fleet, so that the problemcould not reoccur. It was added that spillages had been cleaned upand that disciplinary treatment would be taken againstdrivers when appropriate.

Passing judgement Judge Scott Wolstenholme said: These offences are very serious. Theycause considerable upset to members of the public concerned with thedisgusting sight and smell of animal blood and intestines strewn across the road.

The company was fined 32,000 with costs of 9,500.

After the hearing, Alba Transport issued a statement whichread: For us onespillage is one too many. We regret these accidents that have happened in the Bradford district and apologise for them. None of these were intentional and the waste material was not diseased, contaminated or hazardous, nor did it pose a risk to health.

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