Anglesey abattoir owners deny contamination allegations


Geraint Jones

THE owners of an Anglesey abattoir have “strongly denied” accusations of contamination.

2 Sisters Food Group said that allegations made in the Guardian about campylobacter contamination at its Llangefni chicken processing plant were “untrue, misleading and inaccurate.”

A spokesman said: “There is no campylobacter contamination or problems at our sites, as confirmed by multiple independent external audits and our own rigorous testing.

“We strongly deny and defend ourselves against these allegations.

“Our company’s heritage is steeped in the poultry sector. We are extremely proud of this heritage and our excellent track record as a poultry processor, and we will remain so.

“We are doing more than any other business in addressing the key issues our sector is facing and we are leading the way in establishing and enforcing industry best practice.”

Campylobacter is a group of germs (bacteria) that are a common cause of food poisoning.

2 Sisters Food Group bought the Llangefni site from Dutch company Vion last year. A subsidiary of the company owns the mothballed former Welsh Country Foods site in Gaerwen. 

The spokesman said 2 Sisters Food Group had an “open policy to engage with key stakeholders such as local authorities, the media and government bodies.”

He added: “We have also kept our customers fully informed as soon as we were contacted by The Guardian.

“We will be working to actively engage further with our stakeholders in the coming weeks in order to reassure them about our operations in the light of this inaccurate and misleading article.”

Anglesey MP Albert Owen said he would speak to the workforce and management at the plant.

He added: “Food hygiene is of paramount importance and these are serious allegations.

“The poultry industry is a major industry and employer on Anglesey and there has been investment in the plant at Llangefni following its purchase from previous owners Vion.

“I will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses.”

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