2 Sisters make commitments to improve after food handling scandal

Ranjit Boparan (Credit: Parliament TV)

Food manufacturer 2 Sisters has made commitments to improve its systems and monitoring after an inquiry by a Parliamentary select committee into allegations about how it handled and labelled chicken products at its West Bromwich factory.

The claims were first made in an investigation by the Guardian and ITN, which broadcast undercover footage from the production line.

This led to 2 Sisters suspending production at the site, known as Site D, and putting its staff through extensive retraining.

Its customers, which include most of the major supermarkets and food retailers, regulators and Parliament all sought answers from the Birmingham-based manufacturer.

Chief executive Ranjit Singh Boparan acknowledged “mistakes” were made when he appeared in front of the Environment, Foods and Rural Affairs Committee last month and has since followed up his comments with written commitments.

His company now has full time Food Standards Agency inspectors and is installing CCTV in all of its poultry plants.

It will also implant mystery workers in all of its poultry factories by the end of January.

Committee chair Neil Parish said: “We are pleased that Mr Boparan has written to the Committee and restated his commitment to improving standards at Two Sisters’ production facilities.

“The commitments are on the public record and we will be closely monitoring their implementation with a view to investigating further if required.”