Nine people are to lose their jobs at Exeter meat firm Russell Hume after it was announced it had gone into administration. Two members of staff will be retained at the Devon site.

The company supplies pubs, schools and care homes across the country. Last month, production stopped and products were recalled after an investigation was launched by the Food Standards Agency into allegations of non-compliance with food hygiene regulations.

Nine people have lost their jobs at Russell Hume in Exeter. Credit: ITV West Country

Chris Pole and Mark Orton from KPMG Restructuring have been appointed joint administrators to the specialist meat supplier.

The recent product recall and halt in operations has caused significant customer attrition and trading difficulties, which in turn has led the directors to take the decision to place the company into administration. Regrettably, with little prospect of production restarting on site, a total of 266 people have been made redundant. Our priority over the coming days will be to work with all affected employees to provide the assistance they need in claiming monies owed from the Redundancy Payments Office. We will also be seeking buyers for the business and its assets. Any interested parties are advised to contact us as soon as possible.

Chris Pole, Joint Administrator