Meat company fined £36,000 for food hygiene breaches

Sandwell Foods Ltd, which trades as Halal World, was also ordered to pay costs of £7,190 and a victim surcharge of £170 at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

The owners of the meat cutting plant on Garrison Lane, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to the food hygiene offences.

The company did not adequately train staff responsible for developing and maintaining a food safety hazard analysis plan (HACCP plan). It had gaps in the roller shutter door which could allow pests into the site and did not ensure that the floor to wall joins were maintained in good condition.

Prior to the conviction, the plant had previous food hygiene failings and was working with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to improve on those failings. Despite being monitored by the FSA, further hygiene breaches were discovered leading to legal action against Sandwell Foods Ltd.

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