Meat Safety – Fairfax Meadows: Voluntary recall

13
Feb

Following unannounced visits by the Food Standards Agency, Fairfax Meadow has begun the voluntary withdrawal of some of its meat products. Fairfax Meadow is a major supplier of meat to pubs, bars, hotels, caterers and “some of the best fine dining restaurants” in the UK, according to its website, processing thousands of tonnes of meat a year.

On Sunday, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced that checks on sites run by Fairfax Meadow uncovered problems with how the company was applying ‘use-by’ dates on some products.

The FSA has reported that Fairfax Meadow responded immediately to their concerns and are now changing their procedures. The Food Standards Agency are satisfied with the changes that are being made and at present we are not anticipating the need for enforcement action.

The announcement comes weeks after Russell Hume, which supplied meat to high street chains, including Wetherspoon and Greene King, was ordered to recall products due to “non-compliance with food hygiene regulations”.

The Food Standards Agency has also stated that public health remains our top pri ority and at no stage has there been any indication that people have become ill from eating meat supplied by Fairfax Meadow.

We will continue to monitor updates and provide details on any changes to the situation regarding both Fairfax Meadow and Russell Hume.

 

Source and further reading:

https://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2018/16902/fairfax-meadow-begins-voluntary-withdrawal-of-meat-products

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/11/meat-firm-recalls-products-after-fsa-spots-use-by-date-errors

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