The BBC reported JDW venue, the George pub in Croydon, south London, had put up a poster that said the pigs would be served without their blankets on Monday (16 December) but the issue had been resolved by Tuesday (17 December).
Meanwhile in 2018, JDW pulled rump, sirloin and gammon steak from its menus, which the pub chain originally said was down to supply issues.
It was then revealed the supplier of the meat was being investigated by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for “serious non-compliance with food-hygiene regulations”.
At the time, the supplier Russell Hume issued a statement that said the products had been recalled and that it was a precautionary measure because of mislabelling. It added that it had no reason to believe the product was unsafe to eat.
Russell Hume was visited by the FSA for an unannounced inspection of the supplier’s Birmingham site on 12 January where it became concerned that the company was allegedly breaching hygiene regulations.
The FSA has said that, based on the evidence it gathered, it became concerned there was a more systemic and widespread problem, which was more serious in terms of its scale and nature.
It added that it was only at this stage, issues of non-compliance were uncovered. These related to a number of issues, including concerns about procedures and processes around use-by dates.
However, it stated there was no indication that people had become ill from eating meat supplied by Russell Hume.
Following this, Russell Hume went into administration and blamed the FSA, claiming its action was “out of proportion to concerns identified”.