Selwyn Ball and Martin Ball from Dromara, Co Down were each fined £750 plus £15 offenders levy for failing to comply with Remedial Action Notices (RANs).
A series of inspections were carried out at the defendants’ farm on behalf of the Food Standards Agency by inspectors from the Milk Inspectorate of Agri-Food Inspection Branch of DAERA (AfIB) and on 7 September 2016, it was found that 4 RANs issued under Regulation 9 of the Food Hygiene Regulations (NI) 2006 had been breached. DAERA’s Central Enforcement Team prepared the case for prosecution.
Selwyn and Martin Ball pleaded guilty to one charge that on 7 September 2016:
- the dairy was not kept pest proofed and protected
- the bulk tank exterior was not clean and miscellaneous items were present on the tank lid
- unnecessary items were present in the dairy
- collection/dispersal areas adjacent to the milking parlour were not sufficiently clean
Ruth Moreno, Head of Operational Policy and Delivery from the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland (FSA), which brought the case, said: 'We welcome the fine imposed on these two dairy farming brothers and acknowledge the work of the Agri-food Inspection Branch of DAERA in inspecting and investigating this case.’