The Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse shop in Lochcarnan, South Uist, has temporarily closed until mid-October and production been suspended as the premises undergo a deep clean.
The move is a precautionary measure six product recalls by the Food Standards Agency after listeria moncytegenes was found in batches of the company’s Oak Roasted Flaky Salmon.
It is reported that staff at the Loch Carnan premises have been placed on leave for the next fortnight while the deep clean takes place – some casual workers have been laid off and others agreed to take holiday while production is suspended.
Loch Duart Sales Director, Andy Bing, expanded: “We have temporarily suspended despatches from the Smokehouse meantime, but we will be contacting customers very shortly to take care of orders and organise deliveries.
“The Smokehouse shop is also closed until mid-October.”
He continued: As some of our customers will already know, we have recently recalled batches of smoked salmon.
“Whilst there is no evidence, whatsoever, of listeria presence in them, Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse took the decision to recall the batches as a precaution. We feel it is prudent to be cautious.
“Our Smokehouse does not take this matter lightly and is highly motivated to resolve this issue. We will do so and hope that our customers will bear with us.
“In the long history of this Smokehouse this is the first incident of this nature,” Mr Bing went on.
“It has always mattered enormously to us to have the high esteem of our customers. Their love of Flaky smoked salmon and all our other products is the motivation for our existence.
“We deeply regret the inconvenience that we have caused to them and all concerned can be assured that every possible step will be taken to ensure that this never happens again.”
He added: “The Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse has produced tasty, safe and healthy products for a long time and very shortly will do so again.”