Company fined $10,000 for illegal storage of meat products intended for sale

Halnaz Frozen Goods was fined $10,000 for illegal storage of meat products intended for sale. PHOTO: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

A company has been fined $10,000 for keeping meat products intended for sale in an unlicensed cold store, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) said on Wednesday (29 August).

A separate charge against Halnaz Frozen Goods of operating an unlicensed cold store was taken into consideration, according to an AVA statement.

Acting on feedback in June 2017, AVA officers investigated and found that Halnaz had rented a unit to store meat intended for sale.

The company did not have a licence from AVA to operate a cold store for storing meat. About 670kg of meat were found in the chest freezers inside the unit, which were later seized and destroyed. Such a licence is required to ensure food safety.

Offenders who possess meat or fish products which have been kept in unlicensed cold stores for sale or supply, face a fine of up to $50,000 and/or a jail term of up to two years. For a second or subsequent conviction, they can be fined up to $100,000 and/or jailed up to three years.

Offenders found operating an unlicensed cold store face a fine of up to $10,000 or a maximum jail term 12 months or to both.

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