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J D Wetherspoon is to reintroduce sirloin steak, rump steak and gammon steak in its 900 pubs across the UK and Republic of Ireland on Tuesday January 30.
The three items have been off the menu at the company’s pubs since Tuesday (January 23) following issues at Russell Hume Ltd, a supplier to Wetherspoon and other companies including Jamie Oliver, Greene King and Marston’s.
Wetherspoon has since cancelled its contract with Russell Hume Ltd and is sourcing its steaks from a range of new suppliers in Britain and Ireland.
Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said: “ Firstly we wish to apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused to them.
“However, our decision to stop serving steak from Tuesday (January 23), despite limited information from the supplier, was the correct one.
“Steak is one of the most popular dishes on our menu, and we serve around 200,000 per week on average, about half of these on our extremely popular Tuesday Night Steak Club.
“We have now sourced alternative suppliers and our pub staff are once again looking forward to serving the steak dishes from Tuesday January 30 onwards.
“On Wednesday (January 24) the FSA reported that they were thoroughly investigating Russell Hume Ltd, but also stressed that there was no indication that people had become ill from eating meat supplied by them.
“We will continue to monitor the situation.”
Wetherspoon pubs are displaying information on the situation for customers to read and the company has also added a question and answer document on its website.