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Russell Hume: latest information from FSA

28 January 2018

The Food Standards Agency took action to stop any product from leaving sites operated by Russell Hume because of concerns about non-compliance with food hygiene regulations. These concerns were uncovered as the result of an unannounced audit at one site which then led to a wider investigation in the following days across all their plants and also into products held in cold stores. 

Based on the evidence gathered FSA became concerned that there was a more systemic and widespread problem which was more serious in terms of its scale and nature. It was only at this stage issues of serious non-compliance were uncovered. These related to a number of issues including concerns about procedures and processes around use by dates. There is no indication that people have become ill from eating meat supplied by Russell Hume.

The investigation is taking a proportionate approach based on the findings. It is working in partnership with Food Standards Scotland to do this. We are unable to provide further details which could potentially jeopardise future enforcement action.

As a result of further investigations, which highlighted the serious issues of non-compliance, Russell Hume has been required to stop all production at the plants and detain all products. FSA also worked with the company so that it could initiate a voluntary recall of all affected products. Until the business can provide assurances that it is complying with the relevant legislation and that it is producing safe food, no meat can leave the sites.

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