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Fine for slaughterhouse breaches

A Yorkshire-based slaughterhouse company has been fined £10,000 after hundreds of chickens were left in crates in a holding bay in a heat stressed condition.

A Yorkshire-based slaughterhouse company has been fined £10,000 after hundreds of chickens were left in crates in a holding bay in a heat stressed condition.

Yorkshire Poultry Products of Bradford admitted breaching the Slaughter of Poultry Act during a hearing before Bradford magistrates.

The court heard that during an inspection last June a DEFRA vet had found hundreds of birds dead or suffering from heat stress after being kept in the holding area for more than six hours.

The company was also ordered to pay £1,300 costs.