Company fined over shipping container leakage
Suffolk Trading Standards has prosecuted a company for allowing bodily fluids from animal hides to leak out of a shipping container
The container, which was discovered in July 2011, was passing through Felixstowe Port on its way to China and was not properly sealed to prevent its contents from escaping.
Harwood Hide Limited, the company responsible, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court and was ordered to pay a fine of £800, costs of £1206 and a victim surcharge of £15 - £2,021 in total.
Commenting on the case, Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, said; “Suffolk Trading Standards takes spillages like these very seriously. Fluids which could leak onto the highway could potentially spread livestock diseases, such as Foot and Mouth, over a very wide area.
He continued; “Disease outbreaks can have a major impact on the farming community and the UK as a whole. The level of fine imposed by the courts sends a clear message to those involved in the collection and transportation of animal by-products to ensure that they understand and adhere to the rules.”