A halal poultry company that supplies major supermarkets boiled chickens alive after failures at a slaughterhouse.

1Stop Halal this month admitted causing unnecessary suffering to 81 chickens at its plant in Eye, Suffolk.

The company, co-owned by Ranjit Singh Boparan, a multimillionaire known as the "chicken king", was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £6,000 costs.

Faulty electrical equipment meant that the birds were not stunned before being killed. 1Stop Halal also failed to cut the chickens' throats before they entered a scalding tank used to loosen feathers on dead birds.

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