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Two Bridgwater men in court over ‘illegal meat’

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TWO men from Bridgwater appeared in court today (Monday May 16) charged with conspiring to sell illegal meat to the general public.

Company director Anthony Fear, 60, of The Old Ice Cream Factory, Somerset Bridge, Bridgwater, who runs Fears Animal Products Ltd, and Mark Hooper, 61, whose address also appeared as The Old Ice Cream Factory, are both charged with conspiracy to defraud between June 12 and September 22, 2020.

It is alleged that they dishonestly diverted poultry classified as an animal by-product, unfit for consumption, into the human food chain.

They are also accused of breaching or failing to comply with EU food safety and hygiene requirements between those two dates by placing poultry classified as animal by-product unfit for human consumption on the market.

Fears Animal Products Ltd, of The Old Ice Cream Factory, Somerset Bridge, Bridgwater, also faces the same two charges.

Alongside Fear and Hooper at Croydon Magistrates’ Court were Ali Afzal, 42, of East Street, Walworth and Azar Irshad, 36, of High Road, Ilford.

They face the same two charges with Barking Halal Meat and Fish Ltd, of High Road, Ilford.

The four men were released on bail to appear with the two companies at Inner London Crown Court on June 13.