Nearly three tonnes of meat and poultry has been condemned by a judge in Birmingham after it was seized from an unlicensed meat cutting factory.
Poultry, mutton and lamb were taken away from Ali Halal Meat in Medlicott Road, Sparkbrook, after environmental health officers swooped on the premises on Tuesday.
The back room of the premises was being used to cut up carcases illegally and the team of officers found poultry piled high on tables in a room with filthy floors and ceilings.
A destruction order was made at the city's magistrates court yesterday following an application from the city council.
Julia Kettle, representing the council, said the application had been in respect of 86 crates, five boxes and 14 bags of poultry meat along with eight mutton carcases, lamb meat and a bag of sheep's feet.
She said the back yard of the converted terrace house was being used to produce and store poultry and meat when it did not have a licence.
Environmental health officer Caroline Wade, said observations had been kept on the business, jointly run by Mohammed Nawaz (36) and Shafiq Ali (47), during July and August when deliveries were seen to be made from the premises to butcher shops in Birmingham and Coventry.