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Butcher fined over putrid meat

PUBLISHED: 09:53 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 05 July 2010

The owner of Lowestoft's oldest butcher's shop has been fined £2,500 after admitting having putrid meat on his premises.

Allen Beamish, of the Triangle Butchery in the High Street, yesterday pleaded guilty at magistrates' court to nine food hygiene charges.

The owner of Lowestoft's oldest butcher's shop has been fined £2,500 after admitting having putrid meat on his premises.

Allen Beamish, of the Triangle Butchery in the High Street, yesterday pleaded guilty at magistrates' court to nine food hygiene charges.

Environmental health officers from Waveney District Council visited the shop in October last year and found a large quantity of meat, mostly pork, with green mould on it which was attracting flies. It was removed from the premises. Officers returned in December last year after reports of more unfit meat in the shop.

Principal environmental health officer Tony Burgess, who visited the shop, said: “On a close examination of this meat, I was acutely aware of a foul smell that I would associate with spoilage and putrefaction. Many surfaces of the meat had visible bacterial colony growths on them.”

Mr Burgess said some meat was covered with yellow slime so thick he could scrape it off with his fingers.

Beamish, 59, pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing food unfit for human consumption and six charges of failing to comply with food hygiene regulations relating to dirty walls.

James Hartley, prosecuting for the council, said that the council has four grade levels for food premises. Those causing the most concern are grade A, inspected every six months. Those deemed to cause little or no concern are inspected every 24 months.

Since inspectors visited the Triangle Butchery in autumn 2007, the shop has been downgraded from A to C due to improvements.

Beamish was ordered to pay £2,500 in fines and a total of £3,476 in costs.

Sentencing, District Judge David Cooper said: “I have to say that you really let yourself down. You are a qualified man and the premises were really in quite a state... But this is your first time in court and I believe it will be your last.” He added: “I think that the environmental health team do an excellent job and the community has every reason to be grateful to them for their vigilance.”

Speaking after yesterday's hearing, Beamish said: “This was a blip in my normal standards due to an injury to my arm and other personal circumstances. This was all over a year ago and the shop has now been downgraded to a category C inspection.”

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