Alleged failure to comply with the UK TSE monitoring scheme

Our Food Regulatory team successfully appealed against the conviction of an abattoir for an alleged failure to comply with the UK TSE monitoring scheme.

In this case, an abattoir was convicted of failing to hand over sheep brain samples as part of DEFRA’s infectious disease screening programme and were fined a large amount of money as a result. However, this decision was appealed and at the Court of Appeal the conviction was quashed. The judge, Lord Justice Leggatt, ruled that there was no legal obligation on the abattoir to participate in the scheme and that as a result the slaughterhouse could not be criminally liable for any alleged breach.

The abattoir’s conviction was overturned and costs were awarded in its favour.

You can read more about this case in the local Derbyshire press.