A Kent wholesaler has been fined £8000 for passing off sheep meat as goat.
Forge Farm Meats, based in Tunbridge Wells in Kent, has been ordered to pay more than £8,000 after West Sussex Trading Standards for selling sheep meat instead of goat.
The company pleaded guilty to two offences under the Food Safety Act for supplying misrepresented goat legs to two West Sussex butchers.
A customer complained the goat meat he had bought was mutton or lamb. Undercover inspectors discovered out of 11 samples tested eight samples were sheep meat.
Peter Aston, West Sussex Trading Standards Team Manager, said: "Traceability and correct labelling is vital as once butchered goat meat is very difficult to tell apart from mutton or lamb.
"Goat meat can sell for around £1 per kilo more than equivalent cuts from a sheep, so there is some financial advantage to be gained," he added.