Halal wholesaler fined £25,000 over controlled waste

Birmingham Magistrates Court: the ruling against the wholesaler took place on July 11

A Birmingham halal meat wholesaler has been ordered to pay more than £25,000 after being found guilty of failing to prevent controlled waste escaping from its premises.

However, the company has confirmed to FoodManufacture.co.uk that it planned to lodge an appeal.

The ruling took place on July 11 at Birmingham Magistrates Court against Premium Halal Meat and Poultry, based at Unit W5, The Saturn Centre, Bissell Street, Highgate, Birmingham.

Premium Halal Meat and Poultry was prosecuted by Birmingham City Council for an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

It was fined £24,000 and ordered to pay £1,541 towards court costs plus a £120 victim surcharge. 

The ruling was made in the company’s absence as no one from Premium attended the court on July 11.

Environmental health officers

According to the council, environmental health officers visited the site on four occasions between March 31 2015 and June 19 2015. The visits followed complaints about controlled waste, which included boxes, invoices and plastic packaging.

According to the council, they were being found outside the premises and strewn along Bissell Street.

However, the company had already refuted the claims and pleaded not guilty to the charges on May 26 2016.

A spokesman said that the director of the company had been unable to attend the court on the day due to being ill with food poisoning.

The company confirmed to FoodManufacture.co.uk that it planned to lodge an appeal against the ruling.

‘No way we are responsible’

The spokesman said: “There is no way we are responsible for that amount of rubbish.

“On the street are two other food manufacturers and a printing company and we have been blamed for it all.”

However, Cllr Barbara Dring, chair of the licensing and public protection committee, said: “There is no excuse for businesses to let their rubbish pollute public streets or land, they must have arrangements in place for their trade waste to be collected and disposed of properly.

“Food packaging, especially from meat and poultry products, should be disposed of responsibly as it may carry bacteria such as campylobacter, which can be found on raw chicken and can cause food poisoning.

“We need to respect our neighbourhoods, so it is disappointing to see rubbish being strewn along our streets. Everybody has a responsibility to keep our city’s streets clean.”

In 2013, Premium Halal Meat Poultry was fined £10,000 after being found guilty of making and receiving round-the-clock deliveries, despite being banned from doing so between 7pm and 6am.

The company was also ordered to pay £7,000 legal costs after repeatedly ignoring warnings from council officers.

Related News

TV star Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been warned about the hidden costs of recycling

Waste recycling warning for celebrity TV campaigner

Better use should be made of sales-out data to help both wholesalers and their suppliers

Sales-out data offers more wholesale potential

Poultry exporter BRF SA has launched a Halal focused subsidiary. Image courtesy of MaxPixel

Poultry producer launches halal subsidiary

Heineken paid £160k for pollution that killed fish

Heineken pays £160k for river pollution

A supervisor had voiced concern about the machine two years ago

Greencore fined £40k for severed fingers

Food safety crime guidelines for fines

Tougher fines for most serious food crimes

Paynes Stores was fined after a worker stood on an apple box on forklift truck to carry out work on a roof

Kent fruit firm fined for safety failings

The incident happened at the pork processing site in 2013

Pork processor fined £28k for safety failings

Haydens Bakery was ordered to pay more than £45k for safety failings

Haydens Bakery fined £40,000 for safety failings

Submit a comment

Your comment has been saved

Post a comment

Please note that any information that you supply is protected by our Privacy and Cookie Policy. Access to all documents and request for further information are available to all users at no costs, In order to provide you with this free service, William Reed Business Media SAS does share your information with companies that have content on this site. When you access a document or request further information from this site, your information maybe shared with the owners of that document or information.