Food Law News - UK - 2001

FSA Statement, 24 April 2001

FSA Statement on The Perkins Frozen Foods UK Limited Frozen Chicken Products

Perkins Frozen Foods UK Limited may, unwittingly, have received and used in the manufacture of some of their frozen chicken products, meat condemned as unfit for human consumption. It is unlikely that there would be any significant health risks from these products, however, purely as a precautionary measure, the FSA advises against their consumption. The meat may have derived from Denby Poultry Products Ltd, a pet food processing plant in Derbyshire, which is at the centre of an on-going police investigation into allegations of unfit meat entering the human food chain.

The FSA is continuing to work closely with the police and local authorities to identify the supply chain of meat originating from the pet food processing plant before it was shut down. This is a complex and on-going investigation. As soon as specific products and outlets are identified, the FSA is working with manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to ensure that action is taken to withdraw these products on a precautionary basis in the best interests of the consumer.

The products in question are:

This information only concerns packs marked with the product codes L0330 - L0337 and marked Best Before End: Nov 2001. Records indicate that these " Premier " chicken steaks were only on sale through Tesco's; the chicken nuggets were only on sale through Farmfoods shops.

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