Last updated on 5 December 2013

Smoked fish products processed in an unapproved establishment

Food Alert: for Action

Ref 07/2013

Smoked mackerel, catfish, barracuda, and tilapia have been processed in an unapproved establishment, trading as Lloyds & Sons. Investigations at the establishment found that Lloyds & Sons were smoking fish products without approval from the competent authority and a remedial action notice has been served to stop this operation. Some of the implicated products may still be available on sale at food premises in the London area.

Despite investigations by the enforcement authorities, it has not been possible to obtain full distribution details. There is known distribution to some specialist retail establishments in London, however, it is possible that distribution may have taken place to other establishments outside of London.

Identification of the affected products

All dates and batch codes of Lloyds & Sons:

  • smoked mackerel
  • smoked catfish
  • smoked barracuda
  • smoked tilapia

Please note that other smoked fish products processed by Lloyds & Sons may also be on sale. To assist officers in correctly identifying this product, an example of the label is attached to this alert.

Advice to consumers

If you have purchased any smoked fish products with packaging similar to the example provided below, please do not eat them.

Actions to be taken by local authorities

As the above products were manufactured in an unapproved establishment they do not comply with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, which lays down the specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin.

Local authorities in the London area are requested to make contact with the relevant retailers in their area who may sell the implicated products. If implicated products are found during the course of their investigations, enforcement officers should ensure that the products are withdrawn from sale and destroyed, if necessary using powers available to them under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 and the Food Safety Act 1990. In addition, the local authorities are requested to investigate the traceability of these products and provide any information or copies of the documents to the FSA.

Other local authorities are requested to check during the course of routine visits to establishments in their area for the supply of the above products. If implicated products are found during the course of their visits, enforcement officers should ensure that the products are withdrawn from sale and destroyed, if necessary using powers available to them under the Food Safety Act 1990.

Local authorities should report any finding of the implicated products and any traceability information by emailing the FSA's dedicated Food Incidents mailbox: foodincidents@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk