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16 May 1997
Meat and small goods were seized yesterday from a home kill meat operator in the township of Leeston near Christchurch following an investigation by the
Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health.
The premises had been under MAF surveillance on suspicion of selling uninspected meat to the public since November last year. An undercover staff member made
several test purchases of meat during that time.
MAF had previously received several complaints about the operator in question.
Meat products were also taken yesterday and this morning from a restaurant, a takeaway bar, a hotel and a pie maker in the Springston/Lincoln area. The product seized included a wide range of items, such as ham rolls, sausages, dog food and premium meat cuts.
As a result of the operation, several people have received warnings and one is likely to face charges under the Meat Act.
Home kill operators are permitted under the Act to slaughter animals for their own use or for the owner of the animal, but it is illegal to sell uninspected meat to the public.
For further information contact:
Debbie Gee, Manager, Corporate Communications, Ministry of Agriculture (04)474 4258
Alan Lory, Operations Manager (Meat), MAF Quality Management (03)358 4222