Abattoir fined for lack of staffing controls

A turkey abattoir in Essex has been prosecuted for not upholding consumer safety.

GST Ltd of Braintree, Essex, an abattoir licensed to slaughter turkeys, operated its premises in October last year without any official staffing controls in place.

This resulted in legally required ante-mortem and post-mortem inspections not being carried out on a number of slaughtered turkeys.

The company was fined a total of 3,500 for the offence and a further 2,100 for the full sum of costs and a victim surcharge.

Jason Feeney, chief operating officer at the Food Standards Agency, welcomed the prosecution. These prosecutions help to ensure that consumers are kept safe. In the case of GST Ltd, the regulation lays down hygiene rules for foods of animal origin, on the basis that products may represent specific microbiological or chemical hazards to consumer health.

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