Warning against meat bought on black market

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Trading Standards officers are warning that people who buy meat on the black market could be risking their health.

They say products bought from illegitimate sources may have been poached, with the risk that the meat has not been handled hygienically and could even be contaminated by veterinary drugs.

Lancashire County Council trading standards and district council food safety officers have joined forces with Lancashire Constabulary’s wildlife crime officers to issue the alert in support of Operation Firecrest, a campaign to tackle rural crime.

County Councillor Janice Hanson, cabinet member for public protection, said: “If you’re offered the chance to buy meat or fish and it’s not from a normal legitimate source, you have to ask yourself where it’s come from. It may be sold at a bargain price, but it is not a good deal if you consider the risks.”

Call Lancashire trading standards service on 08454 040506.