United Kingdom meat firm issues major food recall after hygiene inspection

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The FSA said: "We have also instructed Russell Hume to undertake a withdrawal of all affected products in the supply chain".

Food safety officials in the United Kingdom have ordered national meat firm Russell Hume to halt supplies after "serious non-compliance" with hygiene rules at one of its sites.

Wetherspoons, Jamie's Italian, Tiger Tiger, Marston's Pubs and Butlins have also been forced to recall products.

Following investigations at Russell Hume's other sites, the FSA have stopped any products from leaving any of the firm's six premises across Britain as they were "unable to demonstrate" compliance with food hygiene rules, the FSA said.

Our Consumer Editor Chris Choi described the potential safety violations as "significant".

The company is now at centre of a major food hygiene investigation as it has also emerged that it supplies a number of schools and care homes with meat.

"Our customers are at the heart of our business and there has never been a suggestion of any Russell Hume-supplied product causing illness", the company insisted.

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The Derby-based business, which supplies meat, poultry and game products to the foodservice sector, became the latest meat company to be embroiled in a food scandal on Wednesday, after The Sun reported pub chain Wetherspoon had pulled its meat products from sale over "quality issues".

Customers were told that steak had been pulled from their 900 pubs across the United Kingdom due to "quality issues with our meat supplier". There is no indication that people have become ill from the meat, the FSA said.

"We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience". We also immediately switched suppliers. "Following an inspection at the end of a year ago and the fact we have full traceability on our meat, we can confirm that none of the meat we buy would have been impacted".

The Food Standards Agency has urged restaurants and other customers with unused meat provided by Russell Hume to dispose of it.

Spokesman for JD Wetherspoon's Eddie Gershon told ITV News at 10: "That's something we're very disappointed with; 36 hours we tried to find out on behalf of our two million customers a week and [Russell Hume] have just kept quiet".

"Due to a supplier failure, the following meals are unavailable: 8oz and 14oz Aberdeen Angus rump steak, 8oz sirloin steak, 5oz and 10z gammon".

The organisation added: '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.

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