Meat condemned by court

Hackney Council says it may prosecute a halal butcher after it found meat unfit for human consumption.

The local authority said Islam Meat Butchers in East London had mutton carcases which did not have the mandatory health mark to show that the animals had been slaughtered and processed in approved premises under public health control.

The carcases were seized after Thames Magistrates Court imposed an Order on 14 March for the destruction of eleven half sides of mutton to prevent them from being used for human consumption. The Order was against Islam Sultan Mohamed of Islam Meat Butchers and Janan Meat in Kingswinford, West Midlands.

The action followed Hackney environmental health officers visiting Islam Halal Meat Butchers last summer as part of an ongoing programme of routine inspections to stamp out illegal meat trade and food fraud in the borough.

Hackney Council said the condemned mutton carcases were certified halal by the Halal Food Authority.

Councillor Alan Laing said: "The council's environmental health officers are committed to working with all businesses to protect the public. Any breaches of standards will be treated very seriously. I welcome this verdict, which I hope will send a strong message out to persistent food hygiene offenders across the borough. Butchers proprietors have a duty of care towards their customers."

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