The Chief executive of the 2 Sisters Food Group, Ranjit Singh Boparan, has issued an apology to MP’s over the recent hygiene breaches at the company’s cutting plant, as reported by fwi.co.uk.
Mr. Singh Boparan said the incidence, during the ITV/Guardian undercover investigation, where the produce had fallen on the floor and then returned to the production line “should not have happened”.
Mr. Singh was less than clear when it came to the changed dates on produce allegations, explaining that investigations thus far had failed to pin down the exact events at the time. A staff member who appeared in the footage was dismissed after he failed to co-operate with investigations, Mr. Singh told Mp’s.
The company has introduced a new two-minute break in production lines between chicken which have different kill dates, to avoid any future problems. Mr. Singh also told the Mp’s that they are going to double staff training to eight hours as well as installing CCTV in every plant. He also says they plan to introduce mystery workers as a way to maintain standards.
Mr. Singh was speaking last week, as he was summoned to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee inquiry following the undercover investigation. He welcomed the idea that Food Standards Agency inspectors should be present at all of the company’s sites for a period, with costs covered by the company.
Mr. Singh also went on the defensive during the hearing, denying that standards were affected due to cost-cutting. He then invited the committee to come and see for themselves in an unannounced tour.
“I cannot accept that we have low standards,” he said.
Chairman of EFRA committee, Neil Parish, said he believed Mr Singh would improve standards in his plants.
“I believe you are going to put this right and restore confidence to us, retailers and consumers.”, he said.
He laid the warning to Mr. Singh of future violations that he would be “held to account”.