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BPC comments on Which? article on "Left on the Shelf"

by 5m Editor
30 March 2004, at 12:00am

UK - The BPC strongly refutes the allegations made in the WHICH? article about widespread repackaging and re-dating of fresh chicken.

BPC comments on Which? article on "Left on the Shelf" - UK - The BPC strongly refutes the allegations made in the WHICH? article about widespread repackaging and re-dating of fresh chicken.

“WHICH? has simply repeated unsubstantiated comments from an anonymous meat inspector made about one poultry processing plant. WHICH? has not carried out any investigation of its own into these allegations and presents no evidence to corroborate the statement in its article,” said Peter Bradnock Chief Executive.

Use-by dates are agreed in advance for all poultry products between the packer and the customer and these are adhered to. The use-by periods are from 8 to 12 days (for modified atmosphere packaged meat) from time of processing.

Occasionally repackaging may be necessary if, for example, there is a fault with the packaging itself or if the label is incorrect for the contents of the pack, but it is not the practice to extend use-by dates. The claim that fresh chicken 20 days old may be being sold to retailers is unbelievable because it would be obviously off.

Every licensed poultry slaughter plant has an Official Veterinary Surgeon and MHS meat inspectors present and constantly monitoring the controls in the plant. The OVS and the meat inspectors have full powers to detain any meat they suspect is unfit or unsafe at any stage.

British chicken processing plants operate to rigorous standards of controls and traceability, and British shoppers can have full confidence in the quality and safety of the chicken they buy.

Source: British Poultry Council - 26th March 2004

5m Editor