Prosecution News: Prison term for poor food safety standards in Wales

Published: 27 Jun 2016

In the first prosecution using the sentencing guidance in Wales, two directors of Severnside Provisions were jailed for 24 weeks and handed a fine of £400,000 collectively. Anthony O'Sullivan, 47, and Martin Lincoln were found guilty of 12 food hygiene offences.

At an inspection conducted in 2013, Newport environmental health officers found large quantities of turkey defrosting outside in dirty water in the yard of the premises. Other offences included cross contamination, stock rotation and poor levels of cleanliness.

Although these unfit products were seized and destroyed, some of the turkey had made its way through the distribution chain which resulted in the Food Standards Agency issuing a national recall.

Once again this latest prosecution further emphasises the need for exemplary food safety standards to be in place at all food manufacturer’s and food outlets. Contact us if you need any help to implement and maintain good food safety standards so that your business is not found foul of the law.