Slaughterhouse food hygiene charges dismissed

A court has found an abattoir had no case to answer over food hygiene breaches.

The Food Standards Agency had brought 13 charges against J & E Medcalf Ltd, based at Jagger Green Abattoir, Holywell Green.

The firm had always pleaded not guilty to all counts and the case was finally dismissed yesterday at Calderdale Magistrates Court.

A spokesperson for the Food Standards Agency said: “The FSA believed there was sufficient evidence to justify pursuing the recent prosecutions against J&E Medcalf.

“The hygiene rules are in place to ensure public health is protected.

“If it is the decision of the court, as it was in this case, that the evidence was not sufficient then the FSA accepts that ruling.

“We will continue our efforts to ensure that businesses comply with the rules, and bring cases to court where necessary to ensure food is safe.”