Food Giant Workers 'Changed Slaughter Dates on Chicken' SUPERSTORES HALT BUYING AS MIDLANDS PLANT PROBED BUT UNION SAY N.WALES FACTORIES 'PUT HYGIENE FOREMOST'

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Food Giant Workers 'Changed Slaughter Dates on Chicken' SUPERSTORES HALT BUYING AS MIDLANDS PLANT PROBED BUT UNION SAY N.WALES FACTORIES 'PUT HYGIENE FOREMOST'


Byline: OWEN HUGHES Business Correspondent owen.hughes@dailypost.co.uk

AN investigation has allegedly revealed a series of breaches of food safety rules at a factory belonging to one of the largest suppliers of chicken to UK supermarkets.

An undercover reporter working at a site belonging to the 2 Sisters Food Group claimed to witness workers tampering with slaughter dates to artificially extend the meat's shelf life.

2 Sisters has chicken processing plants in Llangefni and Sandycroft but the site involved in the investigation is in the West Midlands.

The Unite union told the Daily Post that hygiene was the "foremost consideration" at the sites in North Wales.

The investigation at the West Bromwich site by ITV News and the Guardian found meat of different ages was also mixed together and codes on crates of meat were changed. Changing the codes means the meat would be untraceable in the event of an outbreak of food poisoning.

The reporter also saw employees returning potentially contaminated chicken to the production line after it had fallen on the floor, the two news organisations said.

2 Sisters supplies to supermarkets across the UK including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Aldi, Lidl and Marks and Spencer.

It was reported yesterday that Aldi, Lidl and Marks and Spencer had halted buying from the West Bromwich site.

This has been damaging for the 2 Sisters' brand but Unite's regional officer Paddy McNaught said the North Wales sites, which employ more than 1,000 workers, put hygiene at the "foremost" of their considerations.

Mr McNaught said: "I know from my experience dealing with workers and management at both North Wales sites that hygiene standards are very strict. …

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