The Good Food Chain, who manufacture sandwiches, were under investigation by the FSA for its possible involvement in the recent high profile outbreak of listeria in hospitals which led to 5 deaths.
Production had been continuously suspended since the 5th of June, however the FSA confirmed on the 26 June that they were not the source of the outbreak and could resume production.
However, this came too late for the business to remain viable after the extended shut down.
This case highlights the extreme outcomes that can happen following regulator investigation, even to compliant and cooperative businesses.
Owner and founder Martyn Corfield said: “We have been co-operating very closely with the investigating authorities, and while Wednesday’s confirmation that the Good Food Chain was not the source of the outbreak was welcome, it ultimately came too late in the day for us to get the business back on to a sustainable footing.