Chickens safety fear hits top stores supply
Marks & Spencer, Aldi and Lidl have all suspended buying chicken from one of the UK’s largest suppliers after an investigation allegedly revealed a string of health and safety breaches.
An undercover reporter working at a West Midlands site of the 2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) claimed to witness workers tampering with slaughter dates and mixing meat of different ages.
Source codes on crates of meat were also changed, the probe by ITV News and the Guardian claimed.
The practices can artificially extend the shelf life of meat, and make it untraceable in the event of an outbreak of food poisoning.
When meats of different ages were mixed together, the slaughter date of the newest batch rather than the oldest batch would be used, employees claimed.
Some workers also claimed the chicken supermarkets reject is sometimes repackaged at the factory and sent out again.
Quality assurance workers told journalists they were intimidated by production managers and worry about being sent home if they try to enforce food hygiene rules.
2SFG was founded in 1993 and produces a third of all of the poultry products consumed in the UK, and had revenues of £3.1 billion in 2016. Founder Ranjit Singh Boparan and his wife have built a personal fortune of £544m, says the Sunday Times.