The Food Standards Agency has stopped meat from leaving Russell Hume sites due to “serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations”.
The meat, game and poultry specialist’s Birmingham site was the subject of an unannounced inspection on 12 January. The FSA has since announced it will launch investigations across all the butcher’s sites in England, Scotland and Wales.
The FSA said: “Russell Hume were unable to demonstrate compliance with food hygiene rules at its locations, so we have stopped any product from leaving their sites until the business can provide assurances that they are complying with the relevant legislation, and that they are producing safe food. We have also instructed Russell Hume to undertake a withdrawal of all affected product in the supply chain.
“There is no indication that people have become ill from eating meat supplied by Russell Hume. However, we are concerned about the poor practices in place at their premises so that is why we have taken proportionate action to ensure no meat can leave their sites at present. We are continuing to assess the situation.”
The investigation came to light after The Sun reported that JD Wetherspoon had cancelled steak nights across its pubs. Russell Hume also supplies hospitality and catering businesses, care homes and schools.
The FSA said the business is co-operating with its investigation as well as reviewing procedures and retraining staff.
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