‘We took ac­tion im­me­di­ately to stop pro­duc­tion’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A STATE­MENT from An­chor Cater­ing is­sued on Mon­day said: “An­chor Cater­ing is a wellestab­lished sand­wich man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness which has al­ways sought to op­er­ate at the high­est lev­els of best prac­tice, which is why the fac­tory is ac­cred­ited by lead­ing food safety bod­ies, in­clud­ing the NHS. “Ac­tion was taken im­me­di­ately lis­te­ria was iden­ti­fied in the fac­tory - pro­duc­tion stopped, cus­tomers were no­ti­fied and prod­uct with­drawn from sale. This was done a week ago. “Since then the fac­tory has un­der­gone a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion by mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gists to iden­tify the source of the lis­te­ria and the fac­tory has been com­pletely deep cleaned through­out. “Fur­ther­more, it will not open for pro­duc­tion again un­til both we, and the au­thor­i­ties, are com­pletely sat­is­fied that it is to­tally safe and clean. “There are no An­chor Cater­ing prod­ucts cur­rently on sale any­where and there will not be un­til this mat­ter has been fully re­solved.”

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