Barchester care home cancels food contract following meat scare

A Barchester care home has cancelled its contract with food supplier Russell Hume after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) ordered it to stop production.

Barchester is among several leading brands to have terminated its contract with Russell Hume after an FSA inspection discovered “serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations” at the food supplier.

A Barchester spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Russell Hume was a supplier for one of our 200+ care facilities until recently but the contract was immediately terminated following the FSA revelation. We now have a new supplier in place.”

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Large chains including, Greene King, Tiger Tiger, Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurants, Butlin’s and Haven owner Bourne Leisure and Wetherspoon pubs are among the other brand to have found alternative suppliers to the Derby-based company.

Russell Hume was ordered by the FSA to stop production on January 19. A recall of its products was issued four days later.

Jason Feeney, Chief Executive Officer of the FSA, said: “Of course, public health remains our top priority and at no stage in the process has there been any indication that people have become ill from eating meat supplied by Russell Hume.

“This remains the case and we continue to assess the situation working with the relevant public health bodies.

“As the company have not been able to demonstrate they have a sufficiently robust management system in place it is absolutely right that we have taken these appropriate actions.”

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