CARNIVORES across the country were left gutted after Wetherspoon pulled three different steaks from their menu at pubs.
So why did the pub chain recall the meat dish on its Steak Club day, and what did their supplier have to say about it?
Wetherspoon pulled steak from its menu after the supplier expressed concern over ‘quality issues’. Pictured is one of the steak dishes on the menu
Why did Wetherspoon remove steaks from the menu?
Steak was suddenly pulled off the Wetherspoon menu on January 23 – to the concern of many of the pub’s Steak Club diners.
Customers were told that steak had been pulled from their 900 pubs across the UK due to “quality issues with our meat supplier”.
The 14oz rump steak, mixed grill, sirloin steak and gammon steak had to be binned after the notice went out to pubs and customers.
The chain is thought to normally sell around 90,000 steaks on Tuesdays alone for its weekly Steak Club.
A Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We have had a supply issue with our pubs.
“Currently rump steak, sirloin steak and gammon steak are not available, but we hope to resolve this soon.
“We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience.”
Wetherspoon have since found a new supplier and boss Tim Martin has said that steak nights will continue from next week.
Why did Russell Hume recall some products and why are they being investigated?
Steak supplier to Wetherspoon Russell Hume are now at the centre of a food hygiene probe.
Since the steak recall, it has since emerged that Russell Hume had just been investigated by food safety inspectors over non-compliance with hygiene regulations.
The FSA said in a statement: “Following an unannounced inspection of Russell Hume’s Birmingham site on January 12, we became aware of instances of serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations.
“This has led us and Food Standards Scotland to investigate all Russell Hume sites, and other locations where their product is stored, in England, Scotland and Wales.
“Russell Hume were unable to demonstrate compliance with food hygiene rules at its locations, so we have stopped any product from leaving their sites until the business can provide assurances that they are complying with the relevant legislation, and that they are producing safe food. We have also instructed Russell Hume to undertake a withdrawal of all affected product in the supply chain.”
The FSA added: “There is no indication that people have become ill from eating meat supplied by Russell Hume.”
Russell Hume, at the time of the recall, said: “We fully support Wetherspoon’s. We are carrying out a product recall on some products across our client base.
“As stated in our recall letter to our clients this has been down to a mislabelling issue.
“We have no reason to believe that the product is unsafe to eat, however we are undertaking this as a precautionary action as you would expect us to do.
“Whilst we address this – we have ceased supply from some of our sites.
“We are amending internal procedures to ensure that controls are in place to stop this re-occurring,” adding that the recall was down to a “mislabelling issue”.
A Wetherspoon spokesman said the chain was “completely unaware” of the FSA’s inspection or findings until now.