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Meat supplier jailed over hygiene
A Wolverhampton businessman who supplied chicken to butchers has been sent to prison for breaching food hygiene regulations.

Wolverhampton Crown Court was told that Mohan Lal and his son, Devi, had put the public at serious risk by supplying meat from filthy premises.

Lal supplied chickens to butchers in Wolverhampton, Telford and Birmingham trading as Premier Poultry.

The 51-year-old was jailed for 15 months for breaching food hygiene laws.

Previous offences

His son Devi, 25, of Cannock Road, was given an 18-month community rehabilitation order and ordered to pay 350 costs.

Both father and son had admitted breaches of the hygiene laws and business regulations.

Afterwards, it emerged that Mohan Lal, formerly of Parkfield Road, had previously spent four months in prison for similar offences.

The court had heard that council officers had spent days secretly monitoring the Lals, who traded from the Landport Road industrial estate off Bilston Road.

Jailing Mohan Lal, Judge Norman Mitchell told him: "You've appeared before the courts on no less than four previous occasions for offences of a similar nature."

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