Wetherspoon's removed steak from menu after supplier was investigated. Credit JD Weatherspoon
26 January, 2018, 02:36
Following an unannounced inspection of Russell Hume's Birmingham site earlier this month, the United Kingdom food watchdog says it became aware of instances of "serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations".
The UK agency confirmed that Russell Hume distributes meat to a range of outlets, including hospitality and catering businesses, as well as care homes and schools.
The agency announced yesterday that it had launched a probe after a visit to Russell Hume's Birmingham plant on January 12 highlighted "serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations".
The meat suppliers have been investigated by food safety inspectors over non-compliance with hygiene regulations.
Its website reads: "Our beef comes from British and Irish farms, and our pork is always from British farms, too".
All unused meat supplied by Russell Hume has been withdrawn from the businesses that it supplies until it can provide assurances.
"This was a day before the FSA asked for meat to be removed".
Supplier Russell Hume has been equally vague as to the reason 900 pubs can't now meet the steak needs of its customers, simply saying it was a "precautionary" measure involving the "mislabelling" of some products, and stressing that it has no reason to believe any of the meat now festering in the bowels of recent diners is unsafe or horse in any way.
Bourne Leisure, which own Butlin's in Skegness, as well as Haven and Warner Leisure Hotels, said it has used Russell Hume as a supplier. We also switched suppliers.
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The FSA said in a statement that, following the inspection in Birmingham, all Russell Hume sites across England, Scotland and Wales had been investigated.
When FoodIngredientsFirst contacted JD Wetherspoon earlier today we were told that the product recall was "a precautionary measure because of mislabeling".
A spokeswoman for Jamie Oliver said: "All Russell Hume meat was removed from restaurants as soon as we were notified on Monday".
The firm supplies well-known restaurants such as Wetherspoon and Jamie's Italian. "Now rump steak, sirloin steak and gammon steak are not available, but we hope to resolve this soon".
"Following an inspection at the end of past year and the fact we have full traceability on our meat, we are confident that none of the meat we buy would have been impacted".
A spokesperson for Greene King added: "We only take a handful of products from Russell Hume and have contingency plans in place which means we can continue to serve our customers as normal".
"That is why we have taken proportionate action to ensure no meat can leave their sites at present".