A sandwich company has gone into liquidation just days after it was cleared of being the source of an outbreak of listeria which killed five hospital patients.
The Good Food Chain announced it was to cease trading with the loss of 125 jobs because the impact of the contamination crisis had severely affected business.
The company, based in Stone, Staffordshire, had ceased production at the start of June shortly after the outbreak was discovered.
Earlier this week, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed the Good Food Chain was not the source of the outbreak.
The strain of listeria was identified in meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats, which supplied produce to Good Food Chain’s sandwiches. North Country Cooked Meats also suspended production after the contamination was discovered.
The FSA investigation was launched after five people were suspected to have died after eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads produced by the Good Food Chain.
Martyn Corfield, the owner and founder of the company, said: “I was absolutely devastated to hear that people had died after contracting listeriosis and have been thinking constantly about all those affected and their families over the last few weeks.
“We have been cooperating 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.