UK Food Standards Agency hails jail decision

UK Food Standards Agency hails jail decision

In 2009, Yakub Moosa Yusuf, company owner of Direct Halal Meat and Poultry, Dewsbury, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after violating a number of food hygiene regulations dating back to 2004. The penalty was challenged by Yusuf’s lawyers for being too harsh. However, now the decision was justified.

Sarah Appleby, head of enforcement at the Food Standards Agency, said, meat plants and other food manufacturers were legally responsible for ensuring that the food they sell was safe and fit for human consumption. Any food companies who broke the law were putting consumers at serious risk, and so deserve prosecution.

Appleby therefore welcomes the decision to reject Mr Yusuf’s appeal, and hoped that this will send a clear message to those in the food industry who threaten public safety that the consequences can be very serious.
Source: Food Standards Agency (FSA)

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