Man jailed in Northern Ireland for breach of food safety law
A man has been jailed for four months and fined £8,000 for nine breaches of food regulations at his former poultry processing business.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Northern Ireland said its investigation found decaying animal by-products infested with maggots, blood stains on the floor and no cleaning process in operation.
It welcomed the sentence and fines imposed on Nigel Wilson at Enniskillen Magistrates Court for the breaches at his former poultry processing business, Upper Erne Lakes Poultry in Newtownbutler.
The FSA took the case against Mr Wilson three years ago.
Although he failed to appear in court in December 2011, District Judge McNally convicted him in his absence and issued a warrant for his arrest. Wilson presented himself in court yesterday, having recently returned to Northern Ireland from abroad. He intends to appeal his custodial sentence.
Michael Jackson, head of food safety and operations at the FSA in NI, said the sentence "sends a strong message to those who try to operate food businesses outside the law".