The allegations presented by The Guardian/ITV are serious and demand thorough investigation. It is important that the regulators get to the bottom of exactly what has happened, what needs to be corrected, and how future incidents can be avoided.

BPC Chief Executive, Richard Griffiths, said:
“In isolated instances where things go wrong, people make poor decisions and food standards are not met, it’s crucial that the business in question moves fast to acknowledge the problem, correct the situation and put measures in place to stop it from happening again.

Food safety is one of the key foundations of poultry meat production. British Poultry Council members are committed to feeding the nation with safe, wholesome and nutritious food and any compromise on standards is not tolerated.

We welcome scrutiny across our supply chains as we strongly believe in openness, transparency and continuous improvement. The Food Standards Agency is carrying out investigations and the business in question has suspended production at one of its processing plants.

Our consumers trust British poultry meat as it represents a secure and sustainable supply. The poultry meat industry is working together with the business and its retailers to ensure that the meat on our supermarket shelves is safe and reflects the standards that we stand for.”