An abattoir in London has been fined nearly £24,000 for meat hygiene failings which have been described as a 'unacceptable disregard of procedures'.
Romford Halal Meats Ltd has been fined a total of £23,952.35 after being prosecuted by the Food Standards Agency.
The abattoir was found guilty of failing to prevent carcases from coming into contact with others before a post-mortem inspection is completed.
The bunching of carcases at the abattoir occurred on 23 July 2017 and followed a series of warnings provided to the site operators to resolve the issue.
The EU provision helps to ensure that carcasses are not bunched together prior to inspection which reduces the likelihood of cross-contamination.