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Two charged over the mislabelling of goat meat

21/03/2014

Sue Patten, Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following a joint investigation by the Food Standards Agency, Dyfed Powys Police and Ceredigion Council, criminal proceedings have been instituted against two individuals and a company in relation to the alleged mislabelling of goat meat products intended for sale.

"It is alleged that on or about 12 February 2013, Dafydd Raw-Rees, the owner and Food Business Operator of Farmbox Meats Limited in Aberystwyth and Colin Patterson, the company representative, mislabelled goat meat as either lamb or mutton for the purposes of sale. They are to be charged with 19 offences contrary to s.15(1) of the Food Safety Act 1990 and one offence of failing to comply with traceability requirements of meat sold by the company, contrary to regulation 4 of the General Food Regulations 2004.

"This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. It has been determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

"The case was heard administratively this morning but none of the defendants attended court. All individuals will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 14 April 2014.

"May I remind all concerned that these individuals have a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

Background
  • Regulations applied to the food industry indicate that a product should have traceability from the field of the farm the animal grazed on right through to when it arrives on the plate of the final consumer. The traceability principles indicate that at each stage of the process the Food Business Operator should be able to provide details of its movement i.e. where the animal came from and to whom it was supplied.
  • The Crown Prosecution Service continues to liaise with the City of London Police on a separate fraud investigation. We await final materials before being able to make a charging decision.

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