15 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A meat company that failed to keep a pallet of pork properly frozen was hit with substantial fines at Clones District Court last Friday — where the judge accused the firm of engaging in “economic sabotage”, and a veterinary inspector said it appeared those involved did not “give a toss”.
Flynn’s Irish Meats Ltd, with an address at Mullitagorry, Smithboro, was summoned for alleged breaches of hygiene regulations in relation to frozen pork when its premises at the John Matthews Enterprise Centre, Largy, Clones was inspected in May of last year.
The company, which was neither present nor represented in court, was summoned for failing to maintain a proper cold chain in respect of frozen pork steaks on a date unknown between 9th and 21st May 2012.
A second summons alleged that, between the same dates, Flynn’s Irish Meats failed to comply with European food and hygiene regulations concerning the wrapping of the steaks.
Replying to Enda O’Carroll, solr, prosecuting for Monaghan Co Council, County Veterinary Officer Brendan Smyth said maintaining the “cold chain” was an obligation on all food business operators. It ensured that meat was kept at whatever temperature it was at when taken into a premises. In relation to frozen meat, it had to be kept frozen.
If frozen meat was thawed out, it could not be resold as fresh meat, Mr Smyth said.
Judge Sean MacBride remarked that not even a rudimentary knowledge of science would be needed to realise this.
Mr Smyth said he visited the premises in Clones on 9th May 2012, where he had inspected a pallet of frozen pork steak. It was in a chilling room designed for holding fresh meat at 1° or 2° centigrade.
The meat had been there for four or five days, and while it was still in a frozen state …

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