FSA issues cooked kebab alert

The Food Standards Agency has issued a Food Alert for Action in England, and one for information in Scotland, to inform local authorities about an emerging incident involving distribution of cooked kebab meat from an unapproved plant.

Enforcement of?cers from Gateshead Council entered the premises of Munchies Catering Supplies, Gateshead under warrant on 10 April 2006. The area in use was adjacent to approved premises but was unapproved for production of cooked meat.

A number of food hygiene offences were discovered and a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice (HEPN) was served. Munchies Catering Supplies distributes cooked kebab meat to both wholesale and retail companies in three pack sizes and under a variety of brand names.