Published On: Thu, Sep 11th, 2014 on 11:57 am

Bradford meat firm fined for fake halal labels

Halal Meat

A Bradford-based wholesale firm has been fined for selling meat with counterfeit halal labels.

Zaman Brothers Wholesale Halal Meat Limited supplied over 60 boxes of meat and fat to Golden Delight Foods Limited in Salhatley, Birmingham in 2012.

At Birmingham Crown Court, director of the firm Munawar Zaman admitted using fake labels on non-halal products and was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay court costs of over £8,000.

The company was also issued with a £3,500 confiscation order.

In August 2012, the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) suspended all supplies from the Bradford firm following the discovery of fake labels on its products.

Following the discovery, the certifying body sent a national alert to all its monitors and inspectors to reject all products from the company with immediate effect.

All HMC approved meat must go through a process. An inspector also issues stickers and tags when the meat is cut.

On this occasion, a HMC inspector discovered meat in Birmingham bearing counterfeit HMC stickers.

The HMC notified Birmingham City Council’s Trading Standards team who attended the premises and seized five boxes of meat which were traced to the wholesaler in Bradford, where raids were conducted on two premises.

Birmingham City Council’s director of regulation and enforcement, Jacqui Kennedy, said: “Advertising and supplying non-HMC products and passing them off as approved is a serious criminal offence, as it deceives consumers into thinking the products they are purchasing are certified and approved by a reputable authority.

“Munawar Zaman has shown a flagrant disregard for the consumers who purchased his products in good faith, so I am pleased that he has now been brought to justice.”

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