19th September 2023

Business sold unsafe raw pet food

A manufacturer of pet food has been prosecuted by Neath Port Talbot Trading Standards.

By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team

A pet food manufacturer which failed to ensure that its products were safe and free of bacteria including salmonella has been successfully prosecuted by Neath Port Talbot Trading Standards & Animal Health.

Happy Hounds (Wales) Ltd, trading from Cwmgors Industrial Estate in the village of Gwaun Cae Gurwen, bought waste meat and offal from sources including slaughter houses and reprocessed it to sell as raw dog food.

When Neath Port Talbot Trading Standards & Animal Health took samples which were tested by a public analyst they were found to carry salmonella and other bacterium in excess of permitted levels.

Neath Port Talbot Trading Standards had been monitoring the business over a number of years, and after receiving the lab results the service brought a prosecution against it for failing to ensure that its products were safe and free of food-borne diseases which could be transmitted to pets and their owners.

On 11 September 2023, at Swansea Magistrates’ Court, Derrick Lewis (67), Director of Happy Hounds (Wales) Ltd, pleaded guilty to five charges of placing unsafe feed on the market and two of operating unhygienic premises. The company has entered liquidation.

District Judge Layton said that over a period of time Lewis had breached regulations, receiving by-products of no value, converting them to feed, and cutting corners in the process.

Lewis was sentenced to 18 weeks’ custody which was suspended for 12 months, to run concurrently on all counts; to pay £15,000 as a contribution towards the Council’s costs; and to pay a victim surcharge of £128.

Councillor Cen Phillips, Neath Port Talbot Cabinet Member for Nature, Tourism and Well-being said: “Neath Port Talbot takes public safety very seriously. Repeated attempts at advising the company to comply with regulations to protect public health. Trading Standards & Animal Health therefore had no option but to prosecute the business.

“Businesses should be aware that Trading Standards & Animal Health would prefer to work with them, but if they fail to comply with regulations designed to protect the public then they will take firm action.”

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