Illegal and filthy chicken cutting plant owner fined

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A man has been fined more than £5,000 for running an illegal poultry cutting plant in Riddy Lane.

Shahbaz Khan, 36, of 157 Dallow Road, processed chicken without permission in a garage which council officers found to be unhygienic and closed it immediately.

A splintered wooden pallet covered in greasy cardboard was used as a cutting surface for the meat and the garage wall was covered with a tarpaulin sheet stained with blood and dried-on chicken flesh.

The fridge door handle was dirty with dried-on chicken flesh and feathers.

Flies were crawling over a wooden cutting block.

Butchers were wearing dirty aprons stained with grease and blood, and there was a bag of filthy butchers’ aprons encrusted with scraps of chicken flesh.

Outside the garage, 38 crates of chicken waste including skin, bones and feathers were piled up and covered in blue-bottle flies with blood dripping from the crates and running over the pathway.

When interviewed, Khan said the meat was being prepared for a wedding the following weekend for up to 300 people.

Khan failed to attend court in September 2013 so a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was finally brought before the magistrates on Monday and pleaded guilty to 10 food hygiene offences.

Magistrates ordered Mr Khan to pay fines of £4,650, a £47 victim surcharge and Council costs of £866 – totalling £5,563.

Cllr Mohammed Ashraft, portfolio holder for public health, said: “By carrying out his business in a garage behind shops, Mr Khan broke food hygiene laws and put the public at risk by preparing food in unhygienic conditions. Thanks to a member of the public alerting us, we were able to immediately stop his potentially dangerous business.”

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