Chatsworth House recalls various types of its pates and rillettes because of a failure of procedures to control Clostridium botulinum

Chatsworth House is recalling various types of pates and rillettes because of concerns over the manufacturer’s procedures in place to control Clostridium botulinum. The products are manufactured by Cornish Charcuterie and relate to the recall they undertook on 15 August 2017.

This situation is a timely reminder of the importance of safety when processing high risk foods, such as meat spreads, sea food and ready meals. Retorting is an established high quality thermal processing technology for treating such foods, led by innovations from world-renowned supplier Lagarde. Treating products under intense heat and pressure kills Clostridium Botulinum, the most heat resistant pathogen commonly found in food. Only sufficient thermal processing during production should be used as a food safety control and processing high risk foods in particular should be done in the most efficient manner possible.

Using a pilot Lagarde autoclave makes accountability for the quality of thermal processing paramount.  With the latest Samantha control system for Lagarde retorts, the process parameters, control checks and real time progress can all be checked by tablet or smartphone remotely, with data from each cycle stored in an encrypted hard drive for up to ten years.
To find out more about the advantages of retorting, please contact the team or to find out more about Lagarde’s Autoclaves and Retorts please visit


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