Chick­ens safety fear hits top stores sup­ply

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

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.

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