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April 17, 2014

Halal Meats in Jasper no longer in violation

Jasper — According to Columbia and Hamilton County Health Departments Administrator Mark Lander, the two public health violations against Halal Meats in Jasper have been corrected as of Thursday, April 3, and were verified by Ron Taylor from the Hamilton County branch of the health department, who inspected the business.

“All current Department of Health enforcement has been closed, since the sanitary nuisance no longer exists,” said Lander. “Since the plant is continuing to operate, we are going to work with them to assure no further nuisances occur. If they do, we will address through the appropriate legal process.”

On Monday, March 17, the Florida Department of Health in Hamilton County received a nuisance complaint about improper storage of goat carcasses against House of Halal, also known as Quality Meats, a USDA meat processing plant located at 5128 Hwy. 41 So. in Jasper.

The health department went to the site the same day to investigate and cited the business with two violations: 1) Animal hides being stored in a manner to attract bugs and flies. 2) Animal hides being stored in a manner to cause odors and flies. Both were violations of Florida Statute 386.041.

A notice to abate the sanitary nuisance was placed on the the gate of the facility, giving the owners 24 hours to make corrections. The notice was also mailed to the owners Mahammad and Aisha Iqbal of Jasper via certified mail. Although it took longer than 24 hours, the business did finally clean up the place.

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