COW GUTS Abattoir polluted top salmon river with; RAP BOSSES BLAMED Meat firm fined PS26k for seepage.
ABATTOIR owners were fined yesterday for allowing animal guts to leak into a tributary of a top salmon river. Scotbeef Limited admitted that "paunch contents", dung and straw had overflowed into a burn leading to Allan Water.
Stirling Sheriff Court heard the pollution was "totally avoidable".
Scotbeef admitted two charges of breaching pollution control rules at their abattoir at Bridge of Allan.
The slaughterhouse - Scotland's biggest - processes 2500 cattle and 15,000 lambs a week.
Environmental crime prosecutor Shona McJannett told the court that bedding straw, dung and stomach contents of slaughtered animals were stored in a midden at the abattoir before being spread on local farmland.
In January and February last year, freezing conditions meant the waste couldn't be spread and the midden built up to twice its holding capacity.
Mrs McJannett said the waste discharged into the burn.
She blamed "a clear management failure" for the pollution.
Environment inspectors found clumps of "sewage fungus" in the burn.
Scotbeef, a subsidiary of family-owned JW Galloway Limited, were fined PS26,250.
COURT CASE Scotbeef abattoir at Bridge of Allan
LEAKSALLAN Water is a top river for salmon fishermen