Howard Shaw Secures Conviction of Slaughterhouse for Offence Under the TSE (England) RegulationsPark Square Barristers
Howard Shaw has secured the conviction of a slaughterhouse at Derby Crown Court for an offence under the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) Regulations 2010.
The prosecution arose from the Defendant Company’s refusal to participate in the annual national monitoring programme for TSEs (Scrapie) in sheep and its failure to provide the required assistance to the Official Veterinarian who was to take samples from sheep carcases. Scrapie is the sheep version of BSE.
The case involved 4 days of legal argument regarding the statutory interpretation of the complex EU and national TSE Regulations. The Learned Judge agreed with Howard’s submissions on interpretation of the legislation.
The Defendant Company has been fined.
Howard Shaw is regularly instructed by the Food Standards Agency and various local authorities in such cases. He is also regularly instructed in cases brought by DEFRA involving farming matters and animal welfare in slaughterhouses.