Lamb's heads, snails and goat meat condemned after inspection at Hatfield store

PUBLISHED: 10:52 10 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:58 10 July 2015

Environmental Health Officer, Karl Riahi, with one of the sheep heads

Environmental Health Officer, Karl Riahi, with one of the sheep heads

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Meat held by a Hatfield company, that was deemed unsafe for human consumption, has been destroyed following a court order.

Stevenage Magistrates Court placed a condemnation order on Hatfield Fresh Meat and Groceries, based in Market Place, on June 26.

The order was for 14 lambs heads, 29 snails and three pieces of unflayed goat meat.

It followed an investigation by Welwyn Hatfield Council’s Public Health and Protection team.

The food was taken from the premises and kept in frozen storage, while an application was made for the food to be condemned.

While the food is perfectly legal in the UK, the company was unable to produce the necessary documentation to show a legitimate supply chain.

Councillor Roger Trigg, executive member for public health, said: “Whilst this is part of the day-to-day work for the team, thankfully this type of case is very rare in Welwyn Hatfield.

“Had this food not been intercepted, it could have posed a serious health risk.

“The message to food traders is clear: know where your food is coming from and make sure you have the documentation to prove it.”

No response was received from Hatfield Fresh Meat and Groceries at the time the WHT went to press.

More information about food safety, for both businesses and residents, can be found at www.welhat.gov.uk/FoodSafety.

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