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Uncovered meat carcasses spotted in the back of a lorry

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Original article from Kent Live

Uncovered meat carcasses have been spotted in the back of a lorry in Ashford.

A video posted online shows unpackaged meat on a wooden pallet in the back of an open lorry outside an Ashford butchers.

Government legislation states that vehicles used for the transport of fresh meat should be provided with efficient devices for protecting the meat against the entry of insects and dust and should be watertight.

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Where such vehicles are used for the transport of carcasses, half carcasses, quarter carcasses and unpackaged cut fresh meat they should be equipped with fittings of material resistant to corrosion for hanging the meat fixed at such a height that fresh meat cannot come into contact with the floor.

The video, which was posted on Facebook, appears to show the open lorry filled with unpackaged fresh meat carcasses parked outside MM Cash & Carry on New Rents.

Uncovered raw meat carcasses pictured outside MM Cash & Carry butchers in Ashford

The video was shared in the Facebook group 'Ashford Kent Read All About It!' which has nearly 20,000 members.

The butchers has a food hygiene rating of two which means there is improvement necessary.

Food hygiene inspections are carried out by the local authority and divided into three categories: hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building, and management of food safety.

At the time of the last inspection by Ashford Borough Council, MM Cash & Carry was found to be 'generally satisfactory' for hygienic food handling and management of food safety, but was given an 'improvement necessary' rating for the cleanliness and condition of the facilities and building.

This includes having an appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control to enable good food hygiene.

MM Cash & Carry has been approached for comment.

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