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UK watchdog to review meat processing plants

Staff Writer |
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are announcing that they will be undertaking a review of meat cutting premises and cold stores.

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The review, which will be established later this month, comes in the wake of serious non-compliance issues identified at cutting plants operated by 2 Sisters Food Group and Russell Hume and will be industry wide.

Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency and Ross Finnie Chair of Food Standards Scotland jointly commented:

“In the last six months the FSA and FSS have faced two serious incidents involving major players in the meat sector. People rightly expect food businesses to keep to the rules, rules designed to keep consumers safe and to sustain public trust in food - and food businesses have a duty to follow the regulations.

“In the light of these recent incidents, the FSA and FSS will be taking forward reviews of cutting plants and cold stores used for meat. Further details will be published later this month and the results will be fully available to the public.”

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