Burger giant freezes order from supplier.

High street burger giant McDonalds has suspended its contract with a Shropshire abattoir after rejecting a shipment of its beef, it was revealed today.

An investigation is taking place.

The contract was held by Anglo Beef Processors, based in Harlescott, Shrewsbury.

A spokeswoman for McDonalds said today that a delivery from ABP had been rejected around three weeks ago, but that the exact cause of the problem was not yet known.

The spokeswoman added: "There was a recent consignment of beef from ABP that was supplied which didn't meet our stringent checks. We have 25 delivery quality checks and if any of the checks aren't met, the delivery will be rejected.

"Supplies from ABP have been suspended pending further investigation. Until we have done further investigations it would be improper to speculate on what the problem was - we don't know," she said.

Alistair Macdougall, spokesman for ABP, confirmed that production for a "manufacturing customer" has been suspended.

"Two weeks ago there was a breakdown in one element of compliance with the specification of products supplied in a batch of beef from our Shrewsbury processing plant to the manufacturing customer," he added.

"Although the batch had been fully approved by officials from the Meat Hygiene Service, a government agency, there was an element of non-compliance picked up and the meat did not get into processing."

He said the matter was a "one-off".

Earlier warmwell comments:

Dec 14 2002 ~ Cow Manure in beef, not spotted by inspectors, causes MacDonald's UK to terminate contract with ABP (Anglo Beef Processors).

Cow excreta was found in beef supplied by beef baron Larry Goodman's ABP from their plant in Shrewsbury. The ABP/McKeys/MacDonalds contract was estimated to be worth in excess of £75 million per year. The spokesperson at MacDonald's did not mention at what stage of the food production chain this contaminated beef was found.

Aug 28 2002 Sale of foreign beef ‘good for shoppers'

NorthHants news A MEAT packing business in Northampton is selling cheap Brazilian beef to a leading UK supermarket after suffering big losses during the foot and mouth crisis. Asda bosses have announced they are offering refunds to shoppers who felt they may have been misled by labelling which did not reveal the origin of the meat. The only indication of the source of the beef steak was the name on the label, Anglo Beef Processing. ABP, which is based in Northampton Road, Blisworth, yesterday stressed it had done nothing illegal. If foreign meat is processed, its origin does not have to be identified. Critics said the labelling misled customers into thinking they were supporting struggling British farmers. But ABP spokesman Alistair McDougal, said: "The suggestion that this is betraying British farmers is ridiculous....." Aug 28 02