Public Right to be Concerned over 2 Sisters Food Group Investigation

Publication Date: 29th September 2017

Subject: Food safety

Following the news that the Food Standards Authority has now begun an investigation into the food labelling practices at the West Bromwich plant of the 2 Sisters Food Group, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) says that the public is right to be concerned.

Yesterday, the Guardian and ITV News released undercover footage of workers at the plant deliberately changing the slaughter date of chicken, whilst others said that they had previously been asked to switch labels. These findings have led to the FSA’s investigation.

Responding to the news, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at the CIEH, said:

“Chicken is already a high risk food, even when produced and handled well. When mixed with the alleged disregard for food safety, the public have a very real right to be concerned.

This development has parallels with Operation Aberdeen, the scandal in chicken production in 2004/05. So, although it is shocking, it is sadly not surprising.

It is now absolutely vital that local environmental health professionals are included in the early stages of the investigation so that food safety is ensured and to give consumers piece of mind.”

ENDS

Notes to editors 

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