Smoked fish processed in unapproved establishment

Last updated:
5 December 2013
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The FSA is making local authorities aware that smoked mackerel, catfish, barracuda and tilapia have been processed in an unapproved establishment, trading as Lloyds & Sons. If you have bought one of the products, do not eat it. The FSA has issued a Food Alert for Action, explaining the actions local authorities need to take.

Investigations at the premises found that Lloyds & Sons was smoking fish products without approval from the competent authority and a remedial action notice has been served on the premises. 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.

Product details

The following products that are labelled 'Lloyds & Sons' should be removed from sale:

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

This includes all 'best before' dates and all batch codes.

Other smoked fish products processed by Lloyds & Sons may also be on sale. To assist officers in correctly identifying the products, an example of a label is attached to the Food Alert for Action, which can be found via the link below.

Action to be taken by local authorities

The above products were manufactured in an unapproved establishment. This means 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 that might 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products are found during the course of their investigations, enforcement officers should ensure that the products are withdrawn from sale and destroyed, if necessary using powers available to them under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 and the Food Safety Act 1990.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 Food Incidents team at [email protected]

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