Turkey butterflies from an unapproved premises

Last updated:
21 December 2013
food alert for action
The FSA is making local authorities aware that turkey butterflies processed by Severnside Provisions Ltd, Newport, South Wales have been processed in an unapproved establishment. If you have bought the product, do not eat it. The FSA has issued a Food Alert for Action, explaining the actions local authorities need to take.

Severnside Provisions Ltd is a premises that is approved for processing bacon, but the company has been processing turkeys in conditions that do not meet the required hygiene standards for food production. Investigations by the local authority are ongoing as to the circumstances of how this meat was processed.

It is suspected that twelve tonnes of turkey butterflies, processed by Severnside Provisions Ltd, were supplied to independent butchers and catering outlets throughout South and Mid Wales, South West and South Central England. However, there may be distribution to customers not yet identified from the records available. Eight tonnes have so far been retained and prevented from entering the food chain after action by Newport City Council.

The ID marks identify the product as coming from various suppliers across the European Union.

Product details

The affected product is:

  • Turkey Butterflies processed by Severnside Provisions Ltd

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Information about the action to be taken by local authorities can be found in the Food Alert for Action via the link below.

Advice for consumers

There is no evidence at present of any specific risk to public health from consuming this product. However, it is illegal to supply meat from unapproved premises. If you have purchased the above product, do not eat it. The shop where it was bought should be able to advise whether the product was processed by Severnside Provisions Ltd.

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