Sheepish butcher Mr Meat in court over goat porky pies
PUBLISHED: 11:09 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:23 06 October 2015
Two butcher's shops in Bromley have been prosecuted for selling goat that was actually mutton.
A butcher’s shop called Mr Meat has been prosecuted for selling mutton dressed not as lamb – but as goat.
Four men were ordered to pay almost £9,000 between them after food safety officers from Bromley council found two shops in Bromley High Street passing off sheep meat as its less woolly cousin.
They discovered customers were being fleeced during routine testing last year.
Zia Mohammed, Samiullah Shahabzai and Faridoon Shahabzai, all from Mr Meat, all admitted selling mutton labelled as goat meat at Bromley Magistrates’ Court.
They were ordered to pay £6,550 between them in fines, charges and costs - Mohammed and Shahabzai were also charged with obstructing the investigation.
Kasim Aslambased, boss of the nearby Haji and Sons grocery store, also admitted selling mutton labelled as goat and was ordered to pay £2,371.
Cllr Kate Lymer, Bromley council’s executive member for public protection and safety, said: “It is only right and proper that customers should be absolutely clear about what they are buying.”