2 Sisters plays down food safety risk report

2 Sisters Food Group has responded to further allegations of food safety issues at one of its plants. 

According to a report by The Guardian and ITV, inspectors from Tesco found “major” process issues at the 2 Sisters Coupar Angus site located in Perth and Kinross. The issues were reported the same weekend that separate food safety incidents allegedly took place at the company’s West Bromwich site, which caused a temporary closure of that plant. 

The problems reported in the document leaked to the Guardian and ITV included:

  • Organic and non-organic chickens being mixed
  • A computer system allowing all factory workers to change use-by dates
  • Instances of double labelling or no labelling
  • “Serious issues” with records designed to account for chickens earmarked for disposal
  • “Failed” efforts to trace chicken recorded as being despatched from the plant

In a statement, a 2 Sisters spokesperson said: “We have been made aware of several allegations made by The Guardian/ITV in relation to an audit report on our Coupar Angus site which was commissioned by Tesco. We view these allegations extremely seriously.

“However, ITV and The Guardian are referring to standard inspection audits and appear to be trying to damage the reputation of our factories and potentially the livelihoods of 23,000 colleagues by misrepresenting them. There is and never was any risk to food safety at Coupar Angus. This is using old news to highlight issues which were resolved with our customer two months ago.”

The business has also published audit and inspection data on its website to improve transparency within its practices.

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