Food group appears in court

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A MAJOR food group has been charged with three offences relating to hygiene.

Two Sisters food group, which supplies cooked meats to Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer, is charged with two offences under the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations Act 2006 and one offence under the General Food Regulations Act 2004 at its factory in Haughley Road, Stowmarket.

The offences relate to the failure to comply with a Remedial Action Notice issued by Mid Suffolk District Council.

Caroline Whatling, prosecuting, said the company was told to take preventative measures against the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.

Emerson Lima, 32, of Pintale Road, Stowmarket, and Rose-Marie Emmerson, 37, of Church Road, Stainforth, are also both charged with one offence under the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations Act 2006.

Both were employed at the Stowmarket factory at the time of the alleged offence.

All three defendants failed to indicate a plea at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on September 27.

They will return to court last Thursday.