Russell Hume allowed to resume processing meat in Liverpool

Enforcement action preventing Russell Hume from processing and distributing meat products at its Liverpool site has been lifted after assurances that its food safety management system met the legal requirements were satisfied.

The Derby-headquartered meat supplier will be allowed to resume production and distribution of products to customers but only from the Liverpool site.

The five other sites cannot restart production until the same assurances are met.

Production and distribution was halted at all Russell Hume sites more than two weeks ago until the business could provide assurances it was complying with relevant legislation.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) says it has worked intensively with the business to address concerns raised by our investigation. As a result, we are assured that food being produced at the site is compliant. FSA staff will remain present during operations.

“The lifting of the statutory notice will have no impact on the ongoing FSA and FSS investigation which is continuing and staff for both organisations remain at sites in England and Scotland,” an FSA statement said.

“This decision has been taken on the basis that we are now assured that the food being produced at the Liverpool site complies with the relevant legislation. The action taken has been proportionate and we recognise the potential impact on the business and peoples’ livelihoods.

“The FSA and FSS will continue to work with the business to assess the status of the measures which remain in place at the other sites preventing production and distribution.”

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