Black market butchery found

An Attiamuri farm has been shut down after processing illegal sheep, cattle and goat meat.
DIANE BISHOP/FAIRFAX NZ

An Attiamuri farm has been shut down after processing illegal sheep, cattle and goat meat.

A long running black market butchery,  worth several thousand dollars, has been closed down. 

The Ministry for Primary Industries says it stopped an operation at an Atiamuri Farm which it alleges is involved the processing and sale of sheep, cattle and goats. 

"Officers seized 22 freshly processed sheep that were destined for sale and several thousand dollars associated with the alleged offending," Brendon Mikkelsen, MPI District Compliance Manager Waikato/Bay of Plenty, said.

The operator was likely to face prosecution.  

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Mikkelsen encouraged people to source their meat from regulated outlets like butcheries, supermarkets, and other legitimate meat suppliers to stem the growth of black market operations.

He said such illegal operations were even more prevalent in lead up to Christmas.

"Meat being sold directly from a farm to the public is a strong indicator of unlicensed activity," he said.

"Legitimate home kill is the slaughter and butchering of your own farmed animals for your own consumption or use."

Those convicted can face a fine of up to $100,000  or a prison term of up to five years. 

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