Meat provider Russell Hume has actually collapsed into administration, weeks after the business suffered a food security scare.
Administrators have actually revealed that 266 personnel have actually been made redundant at the Derby-based company, which lost a number of significant agreements last month after inspectors stated they had actually discovered “major non-compliance” with food health guidelines.
All production was stopped – with bar huge Wetherspoon cancelling its agreement after being required to take rump, gammon and sirloin steak off the menu due to the fact that of a “mislabelling concern”.
Jamie’s Italian and Hilton Hotels were other prominent customers to pull their company in the middle of a mass recall of items.
The scare left a nasty taste in the mouth of Russell Hume’s directors, who stated on Monday that the Food Standards Agency’s examination “developed difficult trading conditions for us”.
Their declaration included: “After mindful reflection we have actually chosen the very best thing for the business and its lenders is to put Russell Hume into administration.
” This choice has actually been heartbreaking.
” We will continue to deal with the FSA with concerns to the concerns it raised, however we still feel its action has actually run out all percentage to the issues it states it has actually recognized.
” Had it worked more carefully with us in the vital early phases of the circumstance, then more than 300 tasks might not have actually been lost.
” The reality that its examinations have actually ended up being market broad and a variety of other companies have actually likewise had problems highly recommends there is an absence of clearness in the market and in existing FSA standards.
” Prior to this, we had a long, unblemished record for providing quality meat items. We wish to thank our consumers for their assistance, however above all our hard-working and faithful personnel, a few of whom have actually been with us a terrific several years.
” They were all an important part of our success, and we are really sorry the Russell Hume story need to have ended in such a disastrous and abrupt method. Our ideas today are with them and their households.”
The FSA stated its examination was continuing.
Joint administrator Chris Pole stated: “The current item recall and stop in operations has actually triggered considerable consumer attrition and trading problems, which in turn has actually led the directors to take the choice to position the business into administration.
” Regrettably, with little possibility of production rebooting on website, an overall of 266 individuals have actually been made redundant.
” Our concern over the coming days will be to deal with all impacted staff members to supply the support they require in declaring loan owed from the Redundancy Payments Office.
” We will likewise be looking for purchasers for business and its properties. Any interested celebrations are encouraged to call us as quickly as possible.”
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