Tesco have been embroiled in controversy in recent days, with the retailer admitting to making a mistake in selling chicken, returned by Lidl, described as reared exclusively for Tesco.
Undercover footage emerged last week of a processing plant repackaging chicken drumsticks, returned by Lidl, as Willow Farm chicken. The chicken was then sold by Tesco, described as chicken reared exclusively for the Tesco brand, as reported by us here.
The film was obtained by ITV news and the Guardian, as part of an undercover investigation into the poultry company 2 Sisters Food Group. The farm brand, WIllow Farm, is one of many “farm” brands which were launched by the retailer Tesco in a bid to make their products sound more British.
The recent revelations has led to Retailing giants Aldi, Lidl and now Marks and Spencers pulling chickens supplied by the chicken processor 2 Sisters Food Group, with many more expected to follow suit.
Thats Farming Managing Editor, John Connell, contacted retailers Tesco Ireland and Lidl Ireland on twitter after the recent controversy. He contacted them to ask whether the products were ever be sold in Ireland, to which they responded no.
“No - we can confirm we aren’t supplied by them.”, replied Lidl Ireland.
Tesco Ireland Customer Care replied, “All Tesco Ireland fresh poultry is 100% Irish and is sourced from Bord Bia approved plants. We do not source from this supplier. As a business we work very closely with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland to ensure that customers can be confident in the safety and quality of the food they buy”.