Meat supplier to hospitality industry recalls products after use-by date errors

12/02/2018 - 08:45
Meat wholesaler Fairfax Meadow has voluntarily recalled some of its products over concerns about the labelling of its best before dates.

The withdrawals follow an inspection by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on 8 February, which revealed worries surrounding the procedures and processes the Kentish-Town based butcher company had been using to apply expiry dates on some of its products.

Fairfax Meadow is a major supplier of meat to pubs, bars, hotels, contract caterers, casual dining and fine dining restaurants across the UK, according to its website.

The FSA said it is currently assessing the situation and working with Fairfax Meadow to oversee their product withdrawal, but confirmed that the firm have responded quickly to change its procedures.

“This voluntary withdrawal reflects our desire to ensure our practices remain industry-leading and follows a dialogue with the FSA,” said Penny Tomlinson, Fairfax Meadow managing director.

“It is being undertaken as a precautionary measure and has been promptly implemented.

“We have liaised with the FSA throughout and they have provided helpful guidance to us. Fairfax Meadow continues to operate as normal during this withdrawal period and no other products or deliveries are affected.”

There has so far been no indication that people have fallen ill from eating Fairfax Meadow-supplied meat, added the FSA.

The announcement comes weeks after Russell Hume, supplier of meat to pubcos, Wetherspoon and Greene King, had to recall products due to ‘serious non-compliance with food-hygiene regulations”.

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