- Soil Association
- Soil Association Statement: Potential Process Issue By The 2Sisters Food Group
Soil Association Statement: Potential Process Issue By The 2Sisters Food Group
We have been made aware of a potential process issue by the 2Sisters Food Group at a plant in Coupar Angus, Scotland which is certified by Soil Association Certification to process organic chicken. An audit by retailer Tesco has found that organic and non-organic chickens were mixed with “insufficient evidence to support [corrective actions] and end product fate”.
It is not unusual for organic chicken in excess of what is required for a particular order to be sold as non-organic. We wish to reassure consumers that following the 2 Sisters West Bromwich investigation in September 2017, Soil Association Certification has inspected the Coupar Angus site twice. As with Tesco’s report, our inspections didn’t find any evidence of organic and non-organic chicken being mixed or substituted in order to be processed as organic, either through physical inspection or a review of historic records.
We are calling on the Food Standards Agency (FSA), British Retail Consortium and retailers to work with us to improve the system by sharing findings identified at specific audits, and by collaborating further to ensure the highest standards of integrity in the food system and a supply chain that supports this.