Food Safety Magazine

News | July 31, 2014

FSA Audits Give Passing Grades to 2 Sisters Poultry Plants

By Heidi Parsons

FSA Audits Give Passing Grades to 2 Sisters Poultry Plants

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) on July 29 reported that it had conducted detailed audits at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants in Scunthorpe, England, and Llangefni, Wales on July 25, and that initial results showed the plant at Scunthorpe as "Good" and the plant at Llangefni as "Generally Satisfactory."

The FSA said it will publish the completed audits "in due course."

On July 25, the FSA issued a news release saying that it has been following up the evidence highlighted by The Guardian’s investigations at 2 Sisters plants in Anglesey and Scunthorpe. [See The Guardian's video here (16 minutes, 31 seconds).]

The FSA's investigation included reviewing video footage and photographs of three specific incidents at the plants and checking them against the agency's own records. The FSA release stated:

"We are satisfied that the specific problems at the plants were addressed in an appropriate manner by the business at the time and did not present a food safety risk.

"However, The Guardian investigation highlighted broader concerns about practices at the plants, including chickens that have fallen onto the floor being put back on production lines. Given these allegations, we are conducting audits and investigations at the plants. These are under way today (Friday) and the findings will be published in due course.

"We have been reiterating our advice to consumers that Campylobacter can occur on chickens even when the highest standards of farming and processing are followed. Consumers should follow good hygiene practice at home, including not washing raw chicken, to minimize the risk. We continue to work with the industry to ensure that steps are taken to reduce the levels of Campylobacter on chicken sold or served in the UK."