Blog: Dean BestAnd another UK meat recall...

Dean Best | 9 February 2018

The question marks over parts of the UK's meat supply chain have intensified this morning after a recall of products marketed by local business Muscle Food.

The UK's Food Standards Agency has announced Muscle Food has issued a recall after an unannounced visit by the regulator of the company's supplier DB Foods.

And, in an echo of the issues at national UK meat supplier Russell Hume, the FSA said it had "concerns about procedures" at DB Foods "for use-by dates on some products that were not compliant with legal requirements".

However, unlike with Russell Hume, which saw a block on distribution from its sites (partially lifted this week) shipping from DB Foods continues.

"We have no evidence of wider problems across DB Foods sites and no further action that would affect the business has been necessary. Distribution from their sites is continuing and is being overseen by FSA staff," the FSA said.

"The recall of the affected products is a proportionate response to the issues found. There is no indication that people have become ill from eating meat supplied by DB Foods. We are continuing to investigate their procedures along with local authorities and further action will be taken if necessary."

Muscle Food is pulling a range meat products including sirloin steaks, meatballs and burgers. The full list, which states the recall has been issued due to "incorrect use-by dates" and runs to six pages, can be found here.

The news will be a blow to a business looking to expand not just in the UK but in overseas markets.

Last month, Muscle Food told just-food said it was drawing up international expansion plans after receiving GBP10m from British investment fund BGF.

BGF has taken a minority equity stake in the Nottingham-headquartered company, which said the funding will be used to establish a presence in Continental Europe and to develop its online platform to drive further growth.

And the news will, of course, only add to concerns about the veracity of the UK's meat supply.

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