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UK meat supplier Russell Hume slips into administration

FBR Staff Writer Published 20 February 2018

Derby-based meat supplier Russell Hume, which is facing a probe over food safety issues in the UK, has slipped into administration, leaving around 300 jobs at risk.

Russell Hume operates six production facilities in Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Fife, Boroughbridge and Exeter. The company, which has been in business for over 20 years, supplies meat to various hotels, pubs and restaurants across the UK.

Russell Hume has appointed Chris Pole and Mark Orton from KPMG Restructuring as joint administrators after conceding that it was difficult to run the business due to “impossible trading conditions”.

The administrators of the meat supplier are now looking for suitable buyers for the business and its assets.

In the last few months, Russell Hume, along with 2 Sisters Food Group, has been accused by the UK food watchdogs UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) of indulging in non-compliant operations at their respective meat cutting plants.

In January, FSA after launching an inspection, ordered Russell Hume to cease its production at all its plants.

Simultaneously, some of its meat products were recalled over allegations of the production processes of the company not complying with food hygiene regulations.

Russell Hume's directors said they would continue to cooperate with the FSA over the concerns raised, as per a report in the BBC.

The directors were quoted by the publication as saying: "We still feel its action has been out of all proportion to the concerns it says it has identified.

"The fact that its investigations have become industry-wide and a number of other firms have also had issues strongly suggests there is a lack of clarity in the industry and in current FSA guidelines.

"Prior to this, we had a long, unblemished record for supplying quality meat products."

The recall of Russell Hume’s products had affected the Wetherspoon, Jamie Oliver, Tiger Tiger and Butlins restaurants, Greene King and Marston’s pubs among others.

KPMG partner Chris Pole said: “The recent product recall and halt in operations has caused significant customer attrition and trading difficulties, which in turn has led the directors to take the decision to place the company into administration.

“Regrettably, with little prospect of production restarting on site, a total of 266 people have been made redundant.”

Pole added that in the next few days, the priority will be to work with all the impacted employees to give them assistance they require in claiming the amounts owed from the Redundancy Payments Office.

Photo: Russell Hume, which has been named in the recent meat hygiene scandal by the FSA and FSS, has moved into administration. Photo: courtesy of savit keawtavee/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.