More than a ton of cooked chicken found decaying in a food processing factory has been condemned after it emerged it had been imported from Brazil six years before.
Daventry District Council’s (DDC) Food Safety Team made the discovery during a routine inspection of the business.
The chicken had been bought in good faith by the district-based firm for processing but was rejected when its true age was discovered.
The firm was then in dispute with the company they bought it from over who was responsible for its disposal.
Environmental Health Officers from the council ordered the chicken be detained at the factory after finding it in a cold store on May 1 – more than two weeks after it had been defrosted. Cooked chicken has a defrost shelf life of just three days.
An application to have it condemned and taken out of the food chain was then made to the courts.
The application was accepted after senior environmental health officer Des Hillier presented evidence of the find to Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday May 26. The chicken will now be properly disposed of.
Cllr Mike Warren, health and housing porfolio holder on Daventry District Council, said: “This council’s food safety officers carry out regular checks on all food premises to ensure the public is protected and that high standards are maintained.
“It is important that food which is unfit to eat is removed from the food chain and I am pleased our Food Safety Officers have utilised their powers to achieve this.”
Daventry District Council say they will not be identifying the company involved.