Abattoir closed over meat production concerns
The Red Lion Abattoir, near Nantwich, has today been closed amid concerns over its ability to safely produce meat.
It failed to meet infrastructure requirements and has been deemed a risk to public health by the Food Standards Agency.
The site, which slaughters a number of animals, is also the subject of an animal cruelty investigation after undercover film footage revealing images of horses being beaten and neglected, emerged earlier this year.
A spokesman from the Food Standards Agency said an ongoing investigation into the allegations of cruelty, which led to protests outside the abattoir in February, will still continue. The spokesman also said the concerns over the safe production of meat did not relate to the recent horsemeat scandal. The abattoir was forced to cease operations at noon. There is a right to appeal within one month.
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