AN employee from a company accused of selling rotten and out-of-date quality meat has said she did not report illegal practices out of ‘fear’.

The staff member, whose job was to distribute the meat around the island, admitted she knew that much of the meat was months, even years, out of date.

Three men have been arrested in Marratxi after they salmonella-infected meat was sold around the island, including to Michelin star restaurants.

Police were alerted after a customer complained about the quality of meat, that also included salmon and squid, purchased.

As the Olive Press reported in March, police discovered 30,000 kilos of expired frozen meat in a processing facility – which has now been shut down – set for sale to the public.

The group have been charged for crimes against public health as well as forgery after allegedly changing and falsifying expiry dates.

They also deny they failed to pay employees for extra hours worked and that workers were given adequate holiday.

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