Haulage firm fined for guts spillage

An animal transport firm has been fined a total of £1800 after chicken by-products, including blood, leaked  out on to a  road  in Suffolk.

Newark Transport of Sheffield admitted breaching hygiene regulations on a highway near Bury St Edmunds during a hearing before Ipswich magistrates.

The court heard that the company had been transporting category 2 poultry  waste, which included animal by-products and blood, when it leaked out on to the road.

The spillage, in August of last year,  was spotted and photographed by local residents who reported it to council environmental officers.

Suffolk County Council‘s fair trading officer Janet Knight confirmed that the waste was being transported from the Moy Park plant in Derbyshire.

Ms Knight added: “Suffolk Trading Standards takes such spillages very seriously. The blood mixture which leaks on to the highway could potentially spread livestock diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease over a very wide area.

“Disease outbreaks can have a major impact on the farming community and the UK as a whole. The level of fine imposed by the courts sends a clear message to those involved in the collection and transportation of animal by-product to ensure that they understand and adhere to the rules.”

The company was fined £1000 with £800 costs.