Former meat wholesaler director fined for food safety breaches

The former director of a meat wholesale business in Huntingdon has been prosecuted and fined more than £5,000 for breaching food safety and hygiene regulations.

Abdus Subhan was prosecuted for breaching food hygiene regulations when he was the director of Bioset, which was trading as Ahmed Bros.

A surprise routine food hygiene inspection by a Senior Environmental Health Officer from the local council uncovered a host of food safety failings at the Ahmed Bros premises, including vacuum-packed minced meat bags on premises that were produced in breach of a Remedial Action Notice.

Mr Subhan pleaded guilty to a total of three food hygiene offences at Huntingdon Magistrates Court and was fined £3,000. He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £2,000 in legal costs. As the director of the food business, he was expected to have undergone at least a basic level of food safety training, which would have helped him avoid making potentially dangerous food hygiene breaches.

Commenting on the case was Councillor Tom Sanderson, who is responsible for environmental health at the local council. He said:

“This was a deliberate attempt by the business to supply food without the appropriate approval to do so, and without the appropriate controls being in place.”