BM will not face FSA prosecution

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will not prosecute Bernard Matthews, which was at the centre of the bird flu crisis in February.

The FSA said it had thoroughly examined the possibility that food waste at the Bernard Matthews cutting plant at Holton may have been stored inappropriately and concluded there was no evidence under the Animal By-Products Regulations 2005, for which Defra is the enforcement authority.

A spokesman for Bernard Matthews said the company had co-operated fully with the relevant authorities and the FSA's decision reinforced this. "We have systems in place to ensure we meet - and in some cases exceed - the measures imposed by Defra, the FSA and the Meat Hygiene Service," he said.

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