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FSA Audits Clear Poultry Plants
Following a five month investigation by the Guardian newspaper which alleged a number of serious hygiene failings at poultry plants owned by the 2 Sisters Food Group and Faccenda, the Food Standards Agency have released the results of audits undertaken at two of the plants.
In a statement on their website the FSA said, “The FSA conducted detailed audits at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants, Scunthorpe and Llangefni, on Friday 25 July. Initial results from these two detailed and rigorous audits showed the plant at Scunthorpe as ‘good’ and the plant at Llangefni as ‘generally satisfactory’.” The full audit reports will be published in due course.
Results of FSA audits now have four ratings: good, generally satisfactory, improvement necessary and urgent improvement necessary. Audits included the use of video footage and photographs of three specific incidents which the FSA stated were dealt with in an appropriate manner by the businesses at the time and did not present a food safety risk. Latest figures released as part of the FSA’s quarterly sampling programme (which gives an indication of campylobacter rates at point of sale) showed that 2 Sisters plants across the country showed a figure of 15.5%, a 3% improvement on the previous quarter.
Faccenda, the other company involved in the Guardian investigation, have said claims that it ignored biosecurity rules are untrue. The FSA has not indicated whether it will take any further action at this stage.
You can read more on this story in the RHE Food Forum here