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Enfield Council seizes illegal sheep heads

Published Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Enfield Council has seized six sheep heads which were illegally on sale in a supermarket as part of continued efforts to ensure that food businesses are compliant and food is safe.

Traces of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) can be found in certain parts of sheep and other animals. It is a legal requirement that those part of the sheep or other animals which could potentially carry the disease are removed from the carcass before they are offered for sale.

Enfield Council’s Food Safety Team found the six sheep heads, which were believed to be over four years old, with the teeth still attached during a routine inspection of a supermarket in Edmonton last night (Tuesday 25 February) and immediately removed them from sale, the matter is now subject to further investigation.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “There are very good reasons why we have strict controls in place regarding food safety associated with meat and its incredibly irresponsible of this trader to flout these regulations.

“We take this sort of behaviour incredibly seriously and take a very dim view of people who simply cannot be bothered to take the proper legal precautions to protect the public from exposure to a potentially fatal disease.

“The business in question had no records of when and where they purchased these heads, which is incredibly concerning because anyone buying and ultimately eating them, doesn’t have the faintest idea of what they are eating.

"It is a legal requirement for all businesses to ensure they have documentation for all food they are supplied with and that reputable suppliers are used.”

The sheep heads will be disposed of in line with the requirements of the regulations.

Members of the public can report suspicions of illegal meat by emailing environmental health.

For more information about the restrictions in place to control the spread of BSE in the UK visit the Food Standards Agency website.

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