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UK’s Fairfax Meadow recalls certain meat products over labeling concerns

FBR Staff Writer Published 13 February 2018

Fairfax Meadow has initiated a voluntary recall of certain meat products from its catering customers owing to use-by-date errors spotted by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

The move comes after surprise inspections carried out by the two UK food safety watchdogs last week.

According to the FSA, the inspections raised questions on the procedures and processes used by Fairfax Meadow in applying use by dates on certain products.

The products subjected to recall are certain batches of meat products having pack codes from 29 to 37.

FSA said that Fairfax Meadow is implementing changes to its procedures, adding that it doesn’t expect to take any action on the meat supplier as it satisfied with the changes being made by it following the issue.

FSA also revealed that there has been no indication of people falling ill from consuming the meat supplied by Fairfax Meadow while adding that it is working with it the company to ensure the product withdrawal.

Fairfax Meadow said that its normal operations would not be impacted by the product recall and that no other products or deliveries are part of it other than those specified.

The company, in a statement, said: “This voluntary withdrawal reflects our desire to ensure our practices remain industry-leading and follows a dialogue with the FSA. 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.”

In a similar case, online food retailer Muscle Food has recalled certain meat products from its meat supplier DB Foods due to incorrect use-by dates.

Earlier in the month, the FSA and FSS announced an industry-wide review of meat cutting premises and cold stores across the UK after reports of non-compliance from some of the companies.

Image: FSA and FSS have been carrying inspections of various meat suppliers. Photo: courtesy of Suat Eman/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net.