Mr Meats abattoir under investigation

A Birmingham abattoir is under investigation by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following nine years of complaints over bad smells. 

Mr Meats in Digbeth has been the subject of a series of complaints to Birmingham City Council’s environmental health team which were then passed on to the FSA.

Complaints about Mr Meats go back more than nine years to 2006 from residents and businesses who said the smells were causing disruption. Photos submitted by members of the public as part of the complaints also showed carcases piled up in a corner of the yard with animal blood on the ground.

The FSA has given Mr Meats two weeks to dispose of the decaying meat carcasses properly or face action.

In a statement, the FSA said: “We have been made aware of a number of serious complaints and are investigating as a matter of urgency. The business will have to stop slaughtering unless proof can be given they are operating in line with regulations including the safe disposal of animal by-products.”

A spokesperson for Mr Meats said “some smell and unpleasantness was inevitable” and that their access had been blocked by a neighbouring business’ vehicle, preventing them from removing the waste produce.

Naved Syed, halal adviser to the Yorkshire Asian Businesses Association, said: “A situation like this boils down to poor management of the business. It’s just a shame that it took complaints by the public for an investigation into Mr Meats, especially as some complaints go back to 2006.”

Local councillor Peter Douglas Osborn also questioned the length of time it took to investigate. He said: “The issue seemed to fall between the city council and the FSA, it was very unsatisfactory.”

A full report into the case has been demanded by the Birmingham Planning Committee.

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