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CARRICK WAITS FOR TEST CASE RESULT ON ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

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Carrick DC must now wait for London's High Court to rule on its case against a company which it accuses of supplyin...
Carrick DC must now wait for London's High Court to rule on its case against a company which it accuses of supplying unfit beef.

Lord Justice Ralph Gibson and Mrs Justice Smith reserved their judgment in the district council's case against Taunton Vale Meat Traders Limited and will now not give their decision until a later date. The case is seen as a crucial test on the duties of local authority environmental health officers.

The district council is battling to overturn Truro Crown Court's decision in May 1992 to acquit Taunton Vale Meat Traders Ltd after an appeal. (See LGC Net story, 19 January).

If the Crown Court's decision is allowed to stand, unreasonable burdens will be placed in the future on local authority meat inspectors, the council says. Lord Justice Ralph Gibson and Mrs Justice Smith did not indicate when they would deliver judgement in the case.
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