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Rancid poultry sold on as food.

Workers at a rundown factory polluted with pools of sewage butchered diseased chicken and turkey carcases to be sold as food to leading supermarkets and old people's homes, a court was told yesterday.

The condemned meat, waste from slaughterhouses across the UK, was unfit for human consumption and intended only for pet food or fertiliser, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

Workers at Denby Poultry in Denby, Derbyshire, turned the birds, some of which are likely to have carried deadly diseases, into breast fillets, goujons and mince for national food manufacturers and supermarket shelves.

Ben Nolan QC, prosecuting, said Denby Poultry Products Ltd had been a pet food processor but was at the centre of the nationwide fraud from 1995 to 2001.

During that time it put around one million pounds in weight of unfit chicken and turkey into the human food chain, earning the ringleaders around pounds 836,000.

Five men deny conspiracy to defraud.

Mr Nolan said: "The court was shown footage shot by police of skips filled with meat and a pool of raw sewage in the middle of the factory.

Mr Nolan said Denby Poultry bought waste for pounds 25 per tonne and sold it for pounds 1,500-plus per tonne.

The case continues.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 13, 2003
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