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Raw Chicken Fiddles? Where does yours come from?

UK’s top supplier of supermarket chicken may have fiddled food safety dates

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Guardian/ITV News investigation reveals

A business supplying Tesco, Sainsbury’s and M&S may have misled customers into buying out-of-date meat. The largest supplier of chicken to UK supermarkets has been reported as having tampered with food safety records in ways that could dupe consumers into buying meat past its recommended use-by date.

Altering the slaughter date

An investigation by the Guardian and ITV News recorded undercover footage of workers altering the slaughter date of poultry being processed at a UK food plant. The group owning this plant produces a third of all poultry products eaten in the UK and supplies top grocers including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Aldi and Lidl.

Investigation

When informed of the evidence, all five retailers responded saying they would start immediate investigations.

Out-of-date meat stretch the products commercial life

Experts said the practice of changing “kill dates” could artificially stretch the commercial life of meat products by triggering the food processor to print incorrect use-by dates on supermarket packaging.Workers at the company confirmed they had been asked to switch these labels on other occasions.
It is illegal to place incorrect use-by dates on food, which are set for safety reasons and differ from “best before” dates.The joint investigation, which involved taking secret recordings during a spell of 12 working days inside a plant in West Bromwich, also captured evidence that:

  • Chicken portions returned by supermarket distribution centres are being repackaged and sent out again to major grocers.
  • Chickens dropped on the floor of the processing plant and returned to the production line.
  • Records changed of where chickens were slaughtered, potentially hindering authorities from recalling contaminated meat during food scares.
  • Chickens slaughtered on different dates are mixed up on the production line. Some use-by dates printed on the packets of the mixed chicken reflecting the age of the freshest, rather than oldest meat

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“Poor Standards”

Having been shown the evidence, Prof Chris Elliott, a food safety academic from Queen’s University Belfast who led the UK government’s independent review of food systems following the 2013 horse meat scandal, said: “Over the past three to four years I have conducted many inspections of food businesses right across the UK. I have never seen one operate under such poor standards as the video evidence shows.
“I think [this] absolutely calls out for a full investigation. We need to get environmental health officers, we need to get the Food Standards Agency to do a thorough investigation. The Food Standards Agency will take this very seriously. They will look at the premises and see if there are grounds to close the facility down.”

Company Response

NB The company said it had not been given enough time or detail to respond to the allegations, which it described as “false”.
A letter from their legal advisers, Schillings, said: “Food safety and hygiene are 2SFG’s top priorities. To the extent that you have identified any shortcomings (which is not admitted), these could only be isolated examples which our clients would take very seriously, and they are investigating the allegations made.”
The company added that they: “ensure all staff are fully trained on hygiene and safety matters, and that they enforce a number of policies to ensure compliance with all regulations. The plant is subject to regular audits in these areas and staff have a number of ways in which to voice their concerns.

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Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland Elementary Food Hygiene Courses – 2017
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Empanada Selection contains sesame and prawns

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The Co-operative Food has withdrawn packs of its Loved by Us 10 Piece Empanada Selection which contain sesame and prawns. These ingredients are not mentioned on the product label, which mean that the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to sesame and/or crustaceans (prawns).

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Campylobacter? Salmonella? Danger Christmas Dinners Ahead

More food poisoning cases associated with Christmas  than barbecue season

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For many, it is the highlight of the Christmas season. Beware! Preparing and eating a turkey dinner can also be one of the most dangerous things you do over the holiday season.

More than ten million turkeys are sold during the festive season and twenty per cent of all food poisoning outbreaks are poultry-related. December’s reports normally outnumbering any other month.

Salmonella and Campylobacter

The two most harmful bacretia than can be  found in all types of poultry are Salmonella and Campylobacter. If not killed by the correct handling and cooking procedures both can cause serious sickness and in some cases long term illness.

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DONT WASH RAW CHICKEN

The Truth About Campylobacter

People talking about the real life effects of food poisoning bug known as campylobacter. It’s the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. It can be fatal. Spread the word, not the germs

 

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Christmas Time for Clostridium Perfringens?

Food Poisoning

Caused by Clostridium Perfringens Bacteria

It was reported in Janusry 2015 that a  pub chef and his manager had both been jailed after a Christmas dinner served at their restaurant in 2012 left a mother dead and dozens of other diners ill with food poisoning.turkey food poisoning .http://www.tbds.co.uk
Mehmet Kaya and Ann-Marie McSweeney, the chef and manager of the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, Essex, were convicted of lying to police when the diners fell ill.
They were jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court for 12 months and 18 months respectively for perverting the course of justice.

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