2 Sisters publishes audit and inspection data

In a bid to improve transparency in its practices, 2 Sisters Food Group has published its latest round of poultry audit data. 

Since 1 July 2017 to the end of November 2017 there have been 150 audits or inspections in its chicken processing sites, 114 of which were unannounced and the other 36 announced. 2 Sisters Food reported that during 96 of these visits, non-conformance issues were raised. However, it said, none of them were in relation to food safety issues. 

The audits and inspections were carried out by the Food Standards Agency, local authorities, BRC Global Standards, Red Tractor and the Soil Association. 

A 2 Sisters spokesperson said: “Commentators, regulators and consumer groups are agreed that transparency within food supply chains provides consumers with necessary assurance about the safety, quality and provenance of their food.

“The recent select committee raised a concern at the lack of joined-up intelligence and knowledge- sharing across the food industry amongst manufacturers, regulators and retailers.

“After reviewing the processes of our customers and our internal practices, we have decided to start this process and share all the audit and inspection outcomes from our customers, standard owners and regulatory bodies.

“We will be the first in the industry to do this and we hope this bold step will allow us to work with regulators, standard owners and customers to develop a system for all to use.”

The company came under fire in September when a Guardian and ITV undercover report alleged infractions such as altering slaughter dates, redistributing returned chicken portions and using product that had fallen on the floor.

The allegations led to the temporary closure of the 2 Sisters West Bromwich site and the suspension of trade between the site and its retail customers. There was also an Environmental Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee meeting which saw chief executive Ranjit Singh Boparan questioned over the allegations. The West Bromwich site has since reopened, with retail customers once again supplied from the plant.

Audit Data

Site

LatestBRC Grade

Audits and Inspections

Food Safety or Legal Issue

System or process
requiring improvement

System or process
could be improved

 

 

 

 

Raised

Still Open

Raised

Still Open

Coupar Angus

A+

16

0

11

0

54

3

Flixton

A+

12

0

9

1

29

3

Llangefni

AA

12

0

3

0

34

0

Sandycroft

A+

16

0

14

1

53

2

Scunthorpe

A+

16

0

10

0

53

0

Site C

A+

13

0

4

0

16

0

Site D

A

28

0

4

0

70

5

Site E

A

13

0

5

1

68

7

Witham

A+

5

0

0

0

44

3

Willand

A

19

0

2

0

54

0

Total

150

0

62

3

475

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