Meat supplier Fairfax Meadow is voluntarily withdrawing some of its meat products from foodservice customers after unannounced inspections by the Food Standards Agency revealed concerns about use-by labelling.
The FSA announced the withdrawal on Sunday evening. A list of the affected products was not available immediately, but Fairfax Meadow described them as “certain batches of meat products with pack codes from 29 to 37”, while the FSA said the products had been supplied to “customers in the catering trade”.
The FSA said its inspections, which took place on Thursday (8 February), had highlighted “concerns about the procedures and processes the company had been using to apply use-by dates on some of its products”.
It added its review of Fairfax Meadow was ongoing “but the company has acted properly and proportionately in swiftly withdrawing potentially affected products from the market”.
The FSA said: “Fairfax Meadow responded immediately to our concerns and are now changing their procedures. We are satisfied with the changes that are being made and at present we are not anticipating the need for enforcement action.
“Public health remains our top priority and at no stage has there been any indication that people have become ill from eating meat supplied by Fairfax Meadow. We, along with local authorities, are continuing to assess the situation and we are working with the business to oversee their product withdrawal.”