Wetherspoons pub caught up in mass meat recall
JD Wetherspoon pub The Reed's Arms has been caught up in a nationwide
meat recall this week that has seen steak taken off all its menus.
chairman of JD Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, has apologised to customers
after it was forced to remove meat from its menu, leaving customers
without rump, sirloin or gammon steaks.
were pulled from all of the chains 900 pub kitchens and the
pub firm has since ended a supply deal with Russell Hume Ltd after
inspections of its Birmingham site revealed the business was "unable
to demonstrate compliance with food hygiene rules."
items were first taken off the menu on Tuesday, January 23rd and
the recall has also affected Jamie Oliver, Green King and Marstons
is now sourcing steaks from a range of new suppliers in Britain
and Ireland and intends to put them back on the menu this coming
chairman Tim Martin said: "Firstly we wish to apologise to
our customers for the inconvenience caused to them."
our decision to stop serving steak from Tuesday (January 23rd),
despite limited information from the supplier, was the correct one."
is one of the most popular dishes on our menu, and we serve around
200,000 per week on average, about half of these on our extremely
popular Tuesday Night Steak Club."
have now sourced alternative suppliers and our pub staff are once
again looking forward to serving the steak dishes from Tuesday January
Wednesday (January 24th) the FSA reported that they were thoroughly
investigating Russell Hume Ltd, but also stressed that there was
no indication that people had become ill from eating meat supplied
by them. We will continue to monitor the situation."
Hume, which is based in Derby and has various sites around the country,
had an unannounced visit from Food Standards Agency inspectors on
FSA said the company had "serious non-compliance with food
hygiene regulations". The watchdog said it had suspended distribution
of all Russell Hume meat products until bosses could assure the
agency it was "complying with the relevant legislation, and
that they are producing safe food."
FSA has said there was no indication that anyone had become ill
from eating Russell Hume meat.
a statement after the steak recall, Russell Hume, which also supplies
care homes and schools, said: "The product recall was a precautionary
measure because of mislabelling."