On 12 September 2017, Birmingham Halal Abattoir Ltd slaughtered 41 sheep that had not been subject to antemortem inspections (inspections preceding death).
On Wednesday 7 February 2018 Birmingham Magistrates Court fined the company £12,000, ordered it to pay the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) costs of £6,767, plus an additional £170 victim surcharge, making a total of £18, 937.
FSA Head of Operations, Martin Evans, said: ‘The FSA takes these breaches of food safety regulations very seriously. We welcome this substantial fine for this unacceptable disregard of procedures that are put in place to protect consumers. This sends a clear message to other abattoirs that fail to uphold the required standards of food safety: we will investigate and we will look to prosecute.’