A kebab shop supplier who used a cement mixer to manufacture chicken doner meat has been jailed and ordered to pay more than £50,000.
Sukru Ahmet, 60, who sold meat to takeaways and other food businesses across London and the South-East, was found to be storing six tonnes of frozen poultry which had expired or did not have a use-by date.
His company, UK Chicken Doner and Poultry Ltd, also sold German-made doner kebabs falsely labelled as British.
When hygiene inspectors raided Ahmet’s processing plant in Swanley, Kent, they found a converted cement mixer being used to process meat.
At Maidstone crown court yesterday Ahmet, of Sidcup, was jailed for four months and ordered to pay, with his company, £53,760 in fines and costs.
Hygiene inspectors found a converted cement mixer being used to process meat
He admitted 21 charges of breaking food safety laws at Sevenoaks magistrates’ court in March. He has also been banned from managing a food business in the future by a separate order from Sevenoaks district council.
The court heard that Ahmet had been trading under the name of United Meat and Poultry Suppliers from November 2014 until December 2015 without approval.
After hygiene inspectors raided his Swanley plant, Ahmet promised to cease operations.
The raid uncovered six tonnes of frozen poultry which had expired or did not have a use by date
But when officials returned two months later they discovered a food processing facility, with meat-cutting, dicing and grinding equipment, as well as the concrete mixer adapted into a food mixer.
Ahmet was warned again, but a further inspection in April last year revealed that the business was still trading and uncovered six tonnes of frozen poultry, other poultry products and doner kebabs.
The meat was later ruled by magistrates to be unfit for human consumption. Matthew Bolt, in mitigation, claimed the large stock of frozen meat found in April would only have been sold on as pet food.
Sevenoaks councillor Matthew Dickins said: This is one of the most serious breaches of food safety laws the council has ever come across.
Consumers must have confidence that their meat is prepared in a safe, approved environment and is fit for them to eat.