Muscle Food recalls meat due to DB Foods use by date error

By Joseph James Whitworth

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Steak, beef burgers, pork, lamb, veal, meatballs and mince are among recalled items. Picture: iStock/kiboka
Steak, beef burgers, pork, lamb, veal, meatballs and mince are among recalled items. Picture: iStock/kiboka

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Muscle Food has recalled meat after an unannounced inspection by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of one of their suppliers.

FSA said it had concerns about procedures at DB Foods for use by dates on some products that were not compliant with legal requirements.

Affected products have been labelled with incorrect use by dates so could be eaten past the date by which they can be safely consumed.

Muscle Food supplies meat products via its website to the public.

Less than 28% of products supplied to customers on a monthly basis are sourced from DB Foods or other entities from the DB Food Group.

The recalled items​ include beef filet steak, beef burgers, pork tenderloin, lamb leg diced, veal chop, meatballs and mince.

The firm said its BRC AA accredited supplier mistakenly applied the wrong use by date on products; longer than the 10 days the FSA advises but it has not received any reports of illness from consumers.

“We immediately stopped using the supplier when they reported their mistake to us. Since then, the FSA have been working with the supplier to validate their processes and changes have been made to reflect this advice. Muscle Food insist on the highest standards and will only use this supplier again if we are confident that this issue is remedied.”

FSA said there was no indication people have become ill from eating meat supplied by DB Foods.

“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.”

This incident comes after the FSA and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) announced an industry wide review of cutting plants and cold stores after serious non-compliance at sites run by 2 Sisters Food Group and Russell Hume.

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