Halal slaughterhouse in Banham is closed after secret footage

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A Banham slaughterhouse has been shut down by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) after concerns were raised over the welfare of animals.

The government body said it “immediately halted” slaughter operations at Simply Halal after the release of undercover footage from the Hillside Animal Sanctuary.

Animal welfare is a top priority for the FSA and we will take appropriate action against any businesses and individuals who breach the strict rules that should be followed in all approved abattoirs

It added an investigation has been launched.

A spokesperson for the FSA told the Diss Express: “The FSA suspended certificates of competence for a number of individuals seen in the footage, as they are not considered to be fit and proper persons to handle animals.

“Animal welfare is a top priority for the FSA and we will take appropriate action against any businesses and individuals who breach the strict rules that should be followed in all approved abattoirs.”

The footage, which shows distressed animals, was captured by secret cameras over eight days in six-week period in February and March.

A spokesperson for Hillside said they had been tipped off by an anonymous informant who had been to the slaughterhouse and who was aware officials had been to investigate the abattoir.

An investigator was able to place the cameras after visiting the site and finding the doors unlocked.

Simply Halal did not wish to comment when approached by the Diss Express.

But Roger Carr, of Simply Halal, told the Daily Mirror earlier this month: “We’ve got a vet here full time. We’ve got two meat inspectors. We’ve got an HMC inspector here full time. If there was a problem, they would tell us.”