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Report slams into chicken factories

Issue No. 1682

A DEVASTATING report into British abattoirs reveals 'severe deficiencies' in the production of food, according to a report by vets working for the European Commission. The vets inspected a number of factories producing chicken, which counts for around 40 percent of all the meat consumed in Britain. The process used dirty equipment in run down buildings and with little inspection from qualified vets. The report also concluded that government inspections at the factories are failing. It revealed factory bosses are pressurising the inspectors into giving them a good hygiene report. Food safety expert Tim Lang says this smacks of 'the worst time of the 1980s when the ministry's reflex was to have cosy chats with industry rather than laying down the law'.


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Sat 5 Feb 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1682
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