Two more of the sites, run by the 2 Sisters Foods Group, are set to be investigated by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), as reported by fginsight.com.
The Poultry production company has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, after an ITV/Guardian investigation found the company to be repackaging chicken products which was sold as products made £exclusively for Tesco”. Undercover footage was taken inside one of the company’s packaging sites and released to the public, as reported by us here.
The revelations led to major retailers such as Marks and Spencers, Tesco, Lidl and Sainsbury’s suspending their supply from the company, with many more following. Lidl and Tesco Ireland responded to our questions on the issue, on whether they had been supplied by the company, to which they both replied no. Aldi Ireland meanwhile admitted to us that they had in fact being supplied by the company, but that has since been suspended.
The latest investigation, comes following an investigation carried out on the company’s site in West Bromwich, where it identified no safety issues. It did though highlight issues which needed management attention, such as staff training and stock control.
The FSA have formally written to ITV and the Guardian to get access all footage and evidence they gathered on the matter, during the course of their undercover investigation. This includes all footage and transcripts taken.
Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency said: "Consumers deserve food they can trust, and can be reassured that we take allegations of poor practice very seriously….Although our initial inspection found no risk to public health, we are broadening our investigations until we are satisfied that this is truly the case.”
"I am disappointed that ITN and the Guardian have not yet provided the information that they committed to share and I would urge anyone who has evidence to share to bring it directly to us.", she concluded.