Chicken takeaway supplier pleads guilty to hygiene breaches
A meat distributor who supplied chicken to takeaways across Bristol faces a possible jail sentence after admitting to operating an illegal chicken processing plant.
Kamran Ajaib, the sole director of Hamza Poultry, pleaded guilty to 16 breaches of food hygiene regulations in Bristol Crown Court yesterday.
The court heard that Ajaib used Y-fronts as cleaning cloths and had no handwash basins or knife sterilisers. Additionally, the company’s facility in Maggs Lane, Fishponds, did not have the necessary approvals or licences to process meat.
Hamza Poultry supplied an estimated 20-30 tonnes of meat a week to kebab shops and takeaways in Bristol and surrounding areas, with some customers as far away as Swindon and Cardiff. The company was raided by officers from Bristol City Council after a piece of metal wire was found in a takeaway chicken sold by one of the shops it supplied.
Ajaib originally claimed that no chicken was cut on the premises and that it arrived in boxes from EU-approved plants. However, council officers found evidence that processing had occurred at the unit, including worktables, a bandsaw, a chainmail glove and knives. Remains of chicken carcases were found in bins at the site.
Kate Burnham, who led the council’s application to destroy more than four tonnes of chicken discovered on the premises, said: “It doesn’t matter whether this meat is fit for human consumption or not. It is simply because they have not got the right licences in place.”