Abattoir to pay £33,000 for pollution

Author: By Lauren Turner, Press Association

The Chitty Food Group released the waste from its Surrey abattoir, including
chemicals, fat and other animal material, at up to seven times the
concentration stipulated.

It admitted 10 breaches of trade effluent regulations and one charge of
failing to use proper equipment at Guildford Magistrates’ Court today after
being prosecuted by Thames Water.

The firm was fined a total of £27,680, and ordered to pay £5,641.67 to cover
legal and investigation costs.

The Chitty Food Group sells organic beef to Marks and Spencer, and supplies
other supermarkets.

The family-run company has been hit hard by the recession, the court heard. It
has closed its plant in Basildon, Essex, and imposed a 7.5 per cent pay cut
on its staff.

Neither company secretary Mary Jenner nor utilities manager Ian Renauld, who
were in court today, commented as they left the building.

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