Cow Spine Bad

The BBC reports how spinal cord and spleen weren’t removed from the bodies of cows. It could be argued that if the cows weren’t slaughtered and were allowed to live a life free of brutal murder then no one would be being bothered by the curse of the possibly dangerous spine in the first place.

Meat firm fined over food safety

A leading meat company has been fined for failing to remove “risk material” from the carcasses of two cattle.

Scotch Premier Meat Limited was ordered by Aberdeen Sheriff Court to pay £1,800 after pleading guilty to breaching food safety regulations.
The firm, based in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, failed to ensure part of the spinal cord and part of the spleen was removed from the cattle.

The offences happened in January and March last year.

A scene from an abbatoir

Photography Michael Timney | Slaughterhouse The Task of Blood

Potential diseases

Both failures were spotted by hygiene inspectors at the site and the company, which has been in operation since 1943, was reported to the procurator fiscal.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, Scotch Premier Meat pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) (Scotland) Regulations 2002.

Fiscal depute Zoe McDonnell said the regulations were to prevent the spread of potential diseases which could be passed on to humans, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).

Defence solicitor Gail Goodfellow told the court the company had not previously breached any major regulations and had a long history of good standards.

The company has taken the matter very seriously
Gail Goodfellow – Defence solicitor

She added that from May 2006 spleen was no longer recognised as risk material, but conceded that there had been a breach in March that year.

Ms Goodfellow said the offences were as a result of “human error”.

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