Three charges were brought against the company and two of its employees related to obstruction of an official veterinarian as he sought to undertake an audit, and failure to provide the assistance and information the vet needed to undertake an audit.
After the two-day trial at Westminster Magistrates Court, the director of the company, Keith Graves, was fined £700 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £3,250. Michael Brown, an employee, was fined £350 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,000, while Reeve and Company was fined £100 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £3,250. All defendants were also ordered to pay £15 victim surcharges. The total fines and costs on the case were £8,650.
The prosecution was pursued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Keith Graves told MeatInfo.com that he planned to appeal the court’s decision.