Meat plant could have supplied tonnes of illegal meat

A meat cutting plant in Bradford could have supplied two tonnes a day of illegal meat to the industry, according to the city council.

West Yorkshire Lamb, Beef and Poultry was raided last month by the council and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which resulted in an emergency prohibition notice to close the business.

The council seized poultry meat from the premises while obtaining a court order for the seized chicken to be condemned and for the plant to remain closed.

Bradford Council’s strategic director for environment, sport and sustainability Ian Bairstow said: “Two tonnes of poultry was seized and destroyed before it got into the food chain. The company was operating from Monday to Friday, so we estimate that it was supplying this amount each day.”

The council advised businesses that have bought meat from the company to destroy the meat, due to lack of hygiene.
“Investigations are continuing to identify and locate the operator of the business to discover the full extent of its operations. None of the meat previously sold from the factory was returned to the council,” added Bairstow.

He added that meat suppliers to the wholesale markets are legally required to be approved by the Food Standards Agency.