2 Sisters reports positive outcome on hygiene audits

2 Sisters has reported that, in the wake of the recent scandal, Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits of two of its factories have returned positive results.

After an undercover investigation allegedly showed breaches of hygiene rules in 2 Sisters’ processing factories in Scunthorpe and Anglesey, emergency audits were launched by the FSA at the sites on 25 July. 2 Sisters today (28 July) said both had passed the audit processes, with Scunthorpe being rated as “good” and Llangefni (in Anglesey) as “generally satisfactory”.

The poultry giant said the audit “follows unfounded allegations in the national media about alleged hygiene issues at both sites”, adding that it “consistently denied these allegations as untrue, misleading and inaccurate”.

The Guardian story caused a strong reaction from the public, as video footage seemed to show the factories, which supply many major supermarkets, engaging in a number of instances of bad hygiene practice that could increase the risk of campylobacter contamination.

Ranjit Singh, CEO of 2 Sisters Food Group, said: “We welcomed these audits and we are pleased the FSA has worked with typical rigour and thoroughness. We are satisfied with their findings which show that no legislative compliance issues were raised.

“However, we must not be complacent. We operate our business in an environment of continual improvement and we will be carrying on with that to ensure we produce first-class British products for all of our customers. We will continue to be at the forefront of our sector by investing in our sites and leading from the front in tackling key challenges to our industry, such as campylobacter.”

2 Sisters said it had repeatedly shown a commitment to hygiene and tackling campylobacter. A spokesperson said: “In November 2013, 2 Sisters launched the UK’s biggest-ever independent study into campylobacter, costing £6m and collecting data from 124m birds. This study has been praised as sector-leading by the FSA and our interim report will be published next year.”

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