AIMS chairman hopes ‘horsegate’ ends here

AIMS chairman hopes ‘horsegate’ ends here

The AIMS board of directors hopes that this week will see the ‘Horsegate’ saga come to a conclusion.

AIMS policy director, Norman Bagley.

AIMS policy director, Norman Bagley.

Farmbox pleaded guilty to having goat trim and other low value remnants labelled as mutton or lamb trim.

AIMS, policy director, Norman Bagley said: “None of this product had been sold as such and it had already been identified by the plant as incorrectly labelled and put aside. Enquiries demonstrated that, at that time, not a single plant in the UK distinguished small volumes of goat from mutton.”

Bagley added: “Repeated FSA audits of the Farmbox operation had identified no problems of this nature. We question why this business was ruined because of a victimless simple mistake, involving no financial gain. We also question whether the FSA staff who failed to assist the plant by neglecting to identify and warn of this problem during many routine audits have been dismissed or disciplined.”

You can read AIMS views in full at the Meatup Blog.

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