Jamie Oliver latest to stop taking meat from food hygiene issue supplier

Butlin's and Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant chain have been caught up in a widespread meat recall by the same supplier that led to Wetherspoon pulling steak off its menu at short notice.

Meat supplier Russell Hume was instructed to stop any products from leaving its sites after a surprise inspection by the Food Standards Agency on January 12 found instances of "serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations".

Wetherspoon pulled the supplier's steak from its menus on Tuesday night, and said it only found out about the FSA's inspection and its findings on Wednesday.

Bourne Leisure, which own Butlin's, Haven and Warner Leisure Hotels, said it had also used Russell Hume as a supplier.

A spokesman said: "Following a discussion earlier this week with our usual supplier, Russell Hume, we have sourced a number of meat products from an alternative supplier and will continue to do so until we receive further information."

A spokeswoman for Jamie Oliver said: "All Russell Hume meat was removed from restaurants as soon as we were notified on Monday. This was a day before the FSA asked for meat to be removed. We also switched suppliers.

"Following an inspection at the end of last year and the fact we have full traceability on our meat, we are confident that none of the meat we buy would have been impacted."

There is no indication that people have become ill from eating meat supplied by Russell Hume.

The FSA said in a statement: "Following an unannounced inspection of Russell Hume's Birmingham site on January 12, we became aware of instances of serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations.

"This has led us and Food Standards Scotland to investigate all Russell Hume sites, and other locations where their product is stored, in England, Scotland and Wales.

"Russell Hume were unable to demonstrate compliance with food hygiene rules at its locations, so we have stopped any product from leaving their sites until the business can provide assurances that they are complying with the relevant legislation, and that they are producing safe food.

"We have also instructed Russell Hume to undertake a withdrawal of all affected product in the supply chain."

In its only statement to date on the issue, Russell Hume said: "The product recall was a precautionary measure because of mislabelling.

"We have no reason to believe that the product was unsafe to eat."

Wetherspoon customers were left disappointed when the pub company pulled the steak from its steak night menu.

Wetherspoon apologised to customers "for the inconvenience".

Spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "We have had a supply issue with our pubs.

"Currently rump steak, sirloin steak and gammon steak are not available, but we hope to resolve this soon."

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