Preston meat firm faces food safety charge brought under legislation to protect the public from diseases like CJD

Meat firm faces charge
Meat firm faces charge

Preston based Bowland Foods Limited has denied a food safety charge.

The Food Standards Agency has launched a prosecution against the company alleging it consigned unsafe meat to three companies: Swaledale Foods Limited, J Pitt Butchers and R Porter.

The family firm operates a meat cutting plant at Roman Way Industrial Estate, Longridge Road, Preston.

It is alleged the bovine material it supplied still contained parts of the spinal column, which could be deemed a risk to human health.

The company faces a charge under the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) Regulations 2010, which were brought in to tackle diseases that affect the brain and nervous system of humans and animals, including variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.

The firm has entered a not guilty plea.

The case was adjourned until April 16 over a legal argument, with an expected trial on May 20 before Preston magistrates.

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