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Award-winning food producer fined over hygiene

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...unfit for human consumption... Echo

 

 

The award-winning Dorset Smokery has has about 200kg of mouldy and contaminated meat, poultry and dairy products seized by Public Health officers from Christchurch and East Dorset Councils who obtained a search warrant following a tip off. Officers found items, also including olives and pate, which they described as mouldy or past their use-by date which were packaged and labelled ready for purchase in the fridges and freezers.

Officers also saw a vacuum packing machine which was being used for both smoked and raw food, which could they said cause contamination and all of the food could have caused food poisoning if eaten.

Steve Duckett, Head of Housing and Health for Christchurch and East Dorset Councils, said that the food which had been through the machine was therefore classed as unfit for human consumption and was also seized. He added that there were other vacuum packing machines on the premises but these were broken.

The seized food was kept in a freezer lorry until Todd Saddler, the owner of The Dorset Smokery, appeared before a judge at Bournemouth Magistrates Court. The judge agreed that the food did not comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Act 1990 and ordered the Public Health officers to destroy all of it. Mr Sadler was also ordered to pay the councils’ costs of £750. Despite its previous awards the company’s website is also no longer active.

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