Illegal meat business owner prosecuted

The owner of an illegal meat business was fined on Tuesday, 6 September for 16 hygiene offences. 

Ansar Mahmood of AS Poultry in Halifax was convicted at Bradford Crown Court after officers investigated and found four bins containing poultry waste infested with maggots. The alarm was raised after the local council received complaints of foul smelling bins.

It was found that the property was not registered with the council as a food business and after a subsequent visit, officers found an unlicensed cutting and storage facility infested with flies with dirty meat processing equipment and unhygienic practices.

After questioning, a large quantity of poultry was seized, detained and destroyed. The business was also banned from cutting operations. Previously, the business operator had been subject to a closure and detention in 2008 for similar activities at a different site in Halifax.

Mahmood was given a four month suspended sentence and must undertake 200 hours’ community service within 12 months, as well as paying £1,500 costs.

“This was a particularly bad case of a business blatantly ignoring food hygiene regulations,” said Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, councillor Barry Collins.

“I’d like to praise the investigating officers whose diligence resulted in the owner paying the price for his actions. We will not tolerate breaches of hygiene standards and will take action against any business that falls short of the requirements or places people at risk.

“This case emphasises the need for all food businesses to seek advice and direction in their operations from the council and to inform our officers of any changes in their business activities.”

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