Judge Convicts Illegal Butcher

Published: 25 Jan 2016

A man from Bradford has been given a nine-month suspended prison sentence after denying that he was running a squalid, unlicensed meat cutting plant.

The 34 year old, Majid Zaman, was also banned from running a food business after a five-day trial which saw him prosecuted after Bradford Metropolitan District Council EHO’s discovered two tonnes of meat that was declared unfit for human consumption.

The premises were found to be unclean with chicken being stored in dirty trays, whilst two butchers were wearing ‘filthy’ protective clothing and no adequate hand-washing facilities were present.

Mr. Zama was found guilty to numerous food hygiene offences and a trial was commenced at Bradford Crown Court in November. He was given a nine-month prison sentence and was suspended for 12 months with 250 hours of community service.

Implications for food businesses:

1) First and foremost ensure that your food business is licensed.

2) Secondly, ensure that a food safety management system based on HACCP principles is implemented with all Critical Control Points to be monitored.

3) All aspects pertaining to product traceability, personal hygiene and cleanliness must be implemented and monitored as identified in the food safety policy.

For additional reading, the full article from EHO online has been uploaded below: