Officers investigating concerns about the state of a market stall found cats eating a dead deer when they went to inspect the premises.
Husband and wife, Charles, 78 and Margery Todd, 77, who sold food at markets across the East Riding as well as Leeds, Malton and York, have been banned from running any food business by magistrates, who described the images as “harrowing”.
The Todds, who ran Rosedale Farm Products, Bewholme, Hornsea, will also have to pay almost £15,000 after admitting a string of food safety and hygiene offences.
Beverley Magistrates were told the business had been operating for 48 years and supplied gamebirds, chicken and turkey to the private and commercial sector as well to the public via market stalls.
There were no hand washing facilities or provision for cleaning or washing of preparation tables or equipment.
As the meat had not been stored correctly, some was so decomposed officers were unable to identify what animal it was.
Magistrates were told how the Todds agreed to a voluntary closure order but continued to operate the business.
Mr Todd apologised to customers today saying there was “no defence” from the pictures and saying standards had slipped following two motor accidents which had affected his mobility and led to his being registered disabled.
He said: “I am not going to be bloodyminded. It was a mess. It was a gradual deterioration proportionate to the deterioration of my physical ability.”