81-chickens boiled alive in poultry factory blunder
Nearly a hundred chickens were scalded to death at the 1Stop Halal plant in Suffolk, UK.
The factory, which processes between 60,000 to 100,000 chickens a day, uses an electrically charged water pool to stun chickens so their throats can be slit with as little pain as possible.
However, when the pool failed to stun the poultry in July 2015, 64 birds were plunged directly into boiling water to die.
Separate incidents saw workers cut each chicken’s neck without the animal being stunned to reduce pain.
The 1Stop Halal plant has supplied chicken either directly or indirectly to Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
Ranjit Singh Boparan was fined £8,000 (€9,300) and ordered to pay £6,000 (€7,043) in costs after his firm admitted causing suffering to 81 chickens.
“We deeply regret the circumstance which occurred on the 6th July, 2015, during our non-stun slaughter when up to 81 birds were caused unnecessary suffering.
“This occurred on our first day of operating the facility at Eye and involved a degree of human error. Employees who were involved in the incident no longer work for the business.
“Since this incident the company has invested substantially in further training [and] improved control systems and have processed more than 30 million birds,” a representative for the firm told the Daily Mail.