A Carlisle slaughterhouse has been fined for failing to comply with an improvement notice served in February 2005 that required it to put in place a staff hygiene training scheme, and Halal meat could soon be on school menus in Bradford.
A Carlisle slaughterhouse has been fined for failing to comply with an improvement notice served in February 2005 that required it to put in place a staff hygiene training scheme.
Representatives from West Scottish Lamb appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court last month and pleaded guilty to failing to put the order in place. The company also admitted 2 charges of possessing cattle older than 30 months with intent to sell the meat for human consumption, which was illegal when the offences were committed in May and August last year. (They were infringing the Over Thirty Month Rule, introduced as a precaution to reduce the risks of the spread of BSE).
West Scottish Lamb was fined £500 for the charges and also ordered to pay court costs of £4000. The Meat Hygiene Service will continue to inspect the premises on a regular basis.
Halal meat “could soon be on school menus in Bradford after Muslim children asked for more choice and fewer curries” the Meat Trades Journal (04 August 2006) reports. Lancashire hotpot, lamb chilli and lasagne are among the European halal meat dishes being sampled early in August after Bradford City Council’s school meals supplier, Education Contract Services, was asked “to widen its option”. Such options will be flouting the advice of government-appointed Farm Animal Welfare Council and RSPCA that methods of slaughter for halal meat should be banned. The options raise challenges that Bradford City Council and the citizens of the city should consider in setting children in educational environments the elements of responsible animal welfare.