Horsemeat: Castell Howell pulls cottage pies

Welsh Carmarthenshire food wholesaler Castell Howell has pulled its cottage pies supplied by Oak Farm and is the latest company to withdraw products due to concerns about contamination.

The company, which supplies 4,000 customers, is one of Wales’ leading independent food wholesalers and serves a wide range of organisations, including hospitals, hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafés, schools and leisure establishments.

Confirming the products had been withdrawn, financial director Nigel Williams said: “We pulled the products on Friday when we were contacted by the supplier, Oak Farm, who said there might be possible contamination. This was done as a precautionary measure and the tests so far have not shown anything. There are only five customers involved and these have all been contacted directly.”

Managing director Brian Jones stated: “Supplier reports received to date have confirmed that ingredients are in accordance with declared product specifications, with the exception of the multi-portion cottage pie product supplied by Oak Farm, which has been recalled as a precaution due to the possibility of containing some horsemeat.”

He added: “Customers affected have been contacted and sales of this product have been suspended pending further notification from the manufacturer. At this point in time, no other Oak Farm products are known to be affected.”

Castell Howell assures that all other suppliers of beef have been confirmed to be free of contamination, but the company stated that it had yet to receive a confirmation on its frozen processed product suppliers. The tests so far had not shown any traces.

On the question as to whether or not the withdrawn products had been delivered to schools and hospitals, Williams said: “This is not the case, but I would not be able to comment on that at the moment.”

Oak Farm Foods confirmed it had launched an internal investigation into the possible contamination, according to ITV Wales.


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