H R Jasper & Son prosecuted
Published:  02 May, 2014

Cornish-based slaughterhouse H R Jasper & Son Limited has been prosecuted for breach of the regulations introduced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to control the risks from BSE.

The case was heard at Truro Magistrates’ Court on 29 April 2014, with the company ordered to pay almost £9,000 in fines and costs for failing to remove specified risk material (SRM) from sheep carcases destined for the food chain.

The company entered not guilty pleas on six charges but, following a two-day hearing, it was convicted on all counts.

The FSA said it welcomed the news. Andrew Rhodes, chief operating officer at the FSA, said: “The meat industry has worked hard over many years to restore confidence in the safety of UK meat.

“Unfortunately, some companies occasionally fail to meet the standards which underpin the strict and successful system of controls we have in place to tackle BSE. As the enforcer of those regulations we will take action against any company that potentially puts consumers at risk.”