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Dog found eating raw meat in illegal Co Armagh meat farm

Pictures of a dog eating raw meat being prepared for the human food chain in an illegal Co Armagh butchery, have been released by a council.

The owner of the premises Benard Muchan of Back Road, Mullaghbawn was arrested when police visited the shed in October 2012.

He pleaded guilty to ten offences relating to breaches of food safety regulations and was fined £10,000.

Newry and Mourne Council, which took the case, said conditions in the facility were "filthy".

Environmental health officers called to scene found several beef carcases hanging in a makeshift butchery and cold room.

The council's assistant director of environmental health Eoin Devlin said: "The premises, food contact surfaces and equipment were found to be in a filthy condition with decaying food debris and blood.

"The premises was not adequately pest proofed and a dog was observed accessing the food handling areas, feeding off the decaying food debris and rubbing against the meat carcases."

"There were no facilities for the washing of equipment and hands."

The meat has all been seized and destroyed but Newry and Mourne council said there was was evidence that it was being supplied to markets in the Republic of Ireland.

The premises has not been permitted to re-open.

The beef was properly stamped and documentation was seized that allowed council officials to trace the supply back to source.

A cross border investigation was started involving the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. This led to meat from the illegal plant being taken out of the human food chain.

As well as the fine, Mr Murchan was ordered to pay £1,000 in costs when the case was heard at Newry Magistrates Court on Monday.

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