A food company has been ordered to cover the cost of the destruction of three quarters of a tonne of its dodgy meat.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court last week heard an application by Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District councils relating to produce seized from Greg Young Wholesale Meats Ltd, which trades as Dougies Meats.
The meat was either past its use-by date or the use-by dates had been removed.
The court ordered that the company must pay more than £1,000 towards the cost of the destruction of the condemned meat.
The food was seized by Environmental Health officers during an inspection of the company’s base at Nevada Park Farm in Killamarsh at the beginning of October.
The inspection also found that no suitable food safety management systems were in place to ensure that the meat was safe for human consumption.
Councillor Brian Murray-Carr, Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The public needs to be confident that they are buying good-quality produce that is safe to eat.
“That’s why our regular food safety inspections of business premises are vitally important so issues such as this can be brought to light and dealt with.
“In this case the food was quickly removed from the food chain so as to protect consumers.”
The company operates from three large vans selling raw meat at various markets, pub car parks and shop car parks in the area.
Coun Michael Gordon, North East Derbyshire District Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for the environment, added: “To have inadequate safety procedures in place and sell out-of-date produce is wholly irresponsible.
“It seems this company only has profit in mind and a total disregard for the public’s safety – something which the magistrates agreed with and is reflected in the outcome of the court case.”