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Employment Jobs at risk as meat supplier collapses after food hygiene probe

HUNDREDS of jobs at Russell Hume are at risk after the meat supplier crashed into administration today following a food hygiene probe.

The Food Standards Agency launched an investigation into the Derbyshire-based firm last month over an alleged “serious” breach of food hygiene rules.

Major customers including JD Wetherspoon and Jamie’s Italian ended their contracts as a result.

Administrators KPMG said 266 people had been made redundant, with 36 staff remaining to help wind down the company, though all workers are expected to lose their jobs eventually.

The FSA said last month that it had become aware of hygiene issues at Russell Hume following an unannounced inspection of its Birmingham site.

In a statement, the company directors said the FSA had created “impossible trading conditions” for the business.

Earlier this month, the FSA said it would launch a review of all meat-cutting plants in the wake of the Russell Hume scandal and problems at 2 Sisters food group.

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