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Incorrect 'use by' dates to blame for Isle of Man Meats beef recall

Products not 'contaminated' company confirms

Isle of Man Meats says incorrect 'use by' dates are to blame for a number of beef products being recalled again this week.

The company has issued a statement, saying it wishes to add 'some clarity' to the press release from the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture yesterday.

The following products are the only products from IOM Meats to be recalled;

- Manx Beef Diced; Beef - Batch 19625 - Use By 05.02.2024 and 07.02.2024

- Manx Beef Minced; Beef 300g - Batch 19625 - Use By 05.02.2024 and 07.02.2024

- Manx Beef Minced; Beef 500g - Batch 19625 - Use By 05.02.2024 and 07.02.2024

- Manx Beef Minced; Beef 750g - Batch 19625 - Use By 05.02.2024 and 07.02.2024

- Manx Beef; Beef Carvery Joint - Batch 19625 - Use By 20/02/2024

These products, it says, were delivered to retail customers on the evening of the 30 January and withdrawn before noon on the 31 January. The only retail business where these had reached the shelves was Tesco, and the recall took place quickly in line with company procedures, it adds.

Isle of Man Meats assures there is no concern that any of the products recalled are 'contaminated'. 

It's the second time this year the company has issued a recall: In early January a fault with a packaging machine was identified, which caused delays and meant some product had to be destroyed and a small amount was voluntarily recalled as a precaution.

A statement says: "[Isle of Man Meats] would like express that all decisions on disposals and recalls have been made pro-actively by the organisation. Over the past month the company has identified areas of improvements within processing procedures at the plant and have worked at pace on all improvements needed."

Chair of the Board of Directors Nigel Davis says: "Over the previous 12 months Isle of Man Meats have been undergoing a transformation programme, which has seen some significant changes at the plant."

"Whilst improvements have been made there is still much to do, and that as part of this change programme areas of process and procedure are being identified that require improvement. 

"The Board of Directors and team at the plant continue to work to improve and build a successful meat processing facility for our community, our farmers and our customers."  

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