Premier Foods, fraud and recalls lead week’s headlines

By Laurence Gibbons

- Last updated on GMT

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Premier Foods creating 80 jobs with the opening of its new £20M production line, Freeza Meats’s conviction on food fraud offences and food safety recalls dominated last week’s headlines.

Premier’s new Mr Kipling production line at its Barnsley site began manufacturing its snack pack range of cake slices last week.

The firm’s boss Gavin Darby said the new line would help Premier capture growth opportunities.

There was also good news for South Caernarfon Creameries, which was awarded a £1M grant from Finance Wales to help boost cheese production at its site in Gwynedd.

Splash the cash

To find out exactly what the Welsh dairy business would splash the cash on, watch the latest edition of Good Week, Bad Week.

There was bad news for Freeza Meats Ltd, which was told to pay £114,000 after pleading guilty to 12 food fraud offences.

To find out how the Northern Irish meat processor – which has now stopped trading – mislead Asda and other customers, watch our video.

It was also a bad week for recalls, as a number of businesses were forced to withdraw products over safety fears.

United Biscuits

United Biscuits had to recall its McVitie’s Toasting Waffles after its new recipe included undeclared milk and lupin.

Sainsbury had to recall its British lamb shish kebab over fears that it contained beef; Brindisa Spanish Foods recalled its LaCinata smoked paprika because it contained salmonella and Nisha’s Toffee Bonbons had to be withdrawn because of undeclared milk.

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