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Barking Halal Meat & Fish ‘sold goods that presented a risk to the public’s health’

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Azar Irshad, 37, of Barking Halal Meat & Fish, IG11 8EU was convicted in 2021 and recently handed a suspended prison sentence, in addition to being barred from any job related to food production.

At Barking Halal Meat & Fish in August 2019, Barking and Dagenham Council officers discovered a range of violations of food safety regulations that could potentially harm customers and their wellbeing.

Irshad was supposed to appear in court in September 2021, but he did not attend. Consequently, the judge fined the firm £40,000 plus £5,075 to be given to Barking and Dagenham Council in addition to a Victim Surcharge of £170. A court order for his arrest has been in place since February 2020.

During the inspection in 2018, council officers were offered bribes and fake receipts were also provided in an attempt to legitimise the supply chain.

The authorities eventually apprehended Mr. Irshad and brought him to Snaresbrook Crown Court on March 24th. He was handed a 39-week suspended prison term, 200 hours of unpaid labour, and expenses of £2,400. A Criminal Behaviour Order was also issued, prohibiting him from engaging in the food sector.

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Councillor Syed Ghani, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety said: “I’m really pleased that we have finally reached a conclusion on this case and the owner has received the punishment he deserves.

“By selling poor quality chicken, he was putting the health of his customers at risk and also committing a criminal offence. As a council, we won’t stand for this and we will ensure action is taken.”

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