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Horsemeat: Driver Lifts Lid On Breaches
A lorry driver who delivers meat has exclusively revealed to Sky News the serious breaches of food safety regulations that he sees every day.
Ali, which is not his real name, has worked in the haulage industry for seven years and delivers to all kinds of organisations across the north of England.
He approached Sky News and wanted to talk to us because he believes the breaches he sees every day represent a public health risk.
Ali said: "On some deliveries the person that is receiving the product sometimes struggles to identify a multi line order if there is three or four different types of meat.
"They'll struggle to identify which meat is which.
"Sometimes they have to refer to the weights of the pallets being outlined on the delivery note
"I have seen cases where they have had to smell it to try and tell if it was lamb or beef."
Meat that has been imported into the UK should be accompanied with the appropriate documents but Ali insists the paperwork is often missing.
"Most of the deliveries of meat don't come with that paperwork - they come with a scribbled handwritten receipt out of a duplicate receipt book that has been attached to a piece of A4 paper and photocopied.
"Those sort of notes might have the product described just literally as 'meat' or 'frozen meat'.
"On a lot of occasions we won't have any documentation at all for that product."
The driver says he is "scared" by the way cheap meat is delivered around the UK.
"It is going to the most vulnerable people, going into hospitals, schools, old people's homes - there is a problem with the whole supply chain."
Ali says there are regular abuses of the strict temperature controls that he and his company are supposed to adhere to.
Ali says he tries to flag up problems to the management of his company but often just has to get the job done.
The experienced driver believes there is a sloppy attitude across the industry towards food safety but names Morrisons and Waitrose as the two companies that impress him with the rigorous checks they make on every delivery.
"I used to be a carnivore, a meal wasn't complete without meat - that is very different now. I only shop and feed my kids food from Morrisons and Waitrose because I see how they operate.
"In fact it is a joke amongst the drivers that it is a pain to deliver to Morrisons because they check everything - it takes ages and they often turn stuff away if it isn't up to scratch."
what do you think?
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Good advert for morrisons and waitrose.(
I wonder !!!!!! If Ali (not his real name) the lorry driver (not his real job) is a Morrisons, Waitrose share holder lol
Morrisons eh? I wish they looked after their fish in the same way as they do their meat in my local store.
In my industry,scams are going on every day.
What industry would that be John?
Are you an MP?
Morrisons it is then.. or the high st butcher would be a safer bet. :0)
A good lorry driver we know every thing the Gangsters are up to ,since they opened up the borders between E.u. countries there is allsorts of scams .As for meat this was very well checked and allsorts of T.forms needed to be signed ,use to be a pain at borders with long waiting times.
I work in the meat industry and I have to say I'm glad I work for a company that always ensures traceability of their products. We are audited on a very regular basis so it would be very hard to fake paperwork. There must be some seriously corrupt scam going on for this to have worked so long for these companies!!!
Total garbage. People have been targetting Tesco with anti-Tesco news stories for at least one year. Morrisons and Waitrose serve exactly the same food as Tesco and most other food shops. The news reporter in the video is just someone deliberately wearing a purple tie and trying to promote retailers whose names begin with M and W. The video news reporter's story and that of the lorry driver are totally fictiscious, which is what you learn to expect from most television programs and that, more than any other reason, is why I don't bother watching the television.
as a ex tesco driver you would be very suprised Adrian at what goes on.I have also been a driver at sainsbury's as well.These companies are out for maximum profit with minimum outlay and if they dont know where the buyers they employ are getting the meat from then they all deserve to go bust.Stick with your local butcher.
If I remember rightly, it was, local butchers, who were, supposed to be, the original source of contamination from the, not so long ago, food poisoning outbreaks due to ... E. coli. Similar cases have occurred in pubs, restaurants and clubs? You are saying stay with local suppliers instead of big businesses?
Tesco has been rubbish for a long time. I used to shop at Morrisons before i moved and there's a huge difference.
I know someone who worked at morrisons butchery, they always check all meat for traceability and only British sources are used whenever possible, only shop for meat at local butcher myself and when I must I use morrisons. If other supermarkets want same publicity then do the proper checks!
So he knew dodgy meat was being delivered in the last 7 years? why do they all come out when the story hits the headlines!
Nobody listened we were only lorry drivers told to shut up.
no comment lol
due to recent stories im back to the local butchers. To be honest based on taste and quality alone I would reccomend it to anyone..what a difference.
My local farm shop/ butcher is also a slaughterhouse so no horse in any of my food unless I ask for some
Stale news, Orange!!!!!! Has nothing happened over the last few days?