Coupar Angus factory owners try to blame local community and distract from use of agency workers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-53951176

With no grateful comment on the efforts of the local contact tracing teams to shut down this large-scale outbreak and reminding us of the attempts by private care home owners to deflect blame away from their heavy reliance on agency staff and onto the Scottish Government, the 2 Sisters company is allowed, with no critical assessment from the BBC, to suggest the virus came into the plant from the local community:

Whilst it is important to ensure our measures on site are robust and working, we believe it is also critically important for our people to understand their obligations away from the factory in the local community, which our initial analysis suggests has played a significant role in the transmission of the virus

Our initial analysis?’ Well, let’s see that. Can we expect it to be worthy of the word ‘analysis’ or will it be based on rumour? Might we find later, that movement of staff and product between the company’s 9 UK plants, including one in the West Midlands and the recently heavily infected one in Anglesey, has played a part?

10 thoughts on “Coupar Angus factory owners try to blame local community and distract from use of agency workers”

  1. Bloody chicken factory – it’s been the bane and the lifeblood – being the biggest employer in Coupar A. – for decades. To tell the truth I’d thought it had shut down, but it’s probably just changed hands hundreds of times over the years, but it’s not surprising they’d blame the local community.

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      1. Aha, okay thanks Juteman. Not so much local community then, but imported from Dundee, probably jam packed on buses to get to work. That’s probably why I hardly ever hear anything about the chicken factory anymore as well.

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  2. The company , 2 Sisters, has form. This from 2018.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/mar/02/2-sisters-guilty-of-poor-hygiene-at-poultry-plants-fsa-finds

    “The FSA inspected sites operated by 2 Sisters, one of the UK’s largest chicken suppliers, following a Guardian and ITV undercover investigation at the firm’s West Bromwich plant last year, which raised questions over the firm’s food standards and prompted it to suspend production there for five weeks….

    ….the FSA said it had reviewed CCTV footage at the poultry plants between 2 July and 18 August last year to gather evidence.

    “This provided evidence of sporadic poor hygiene and bad practice, such as inadequate use of protective clothing, placing of knives on unhygienic surfaces or inadequate cleaning procedures but did not represent widespread systematic failures,” the FSA concluded.

    Undercover filming by the Guardian and ITV showed workers altering slaughter dates on batches of chickens and reintroducing to the production line poultry which had been dropped on the floor.”

    This prompted Scotland’s food standards regulators to look at the Coupar Angus plant.

    At this time, [2017, October] Food Standards Scotland has no evidence to suggest that there are any food safety concerns in the 2 Sisters poultry plant in Coupar Angus.

    https://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/news-and-alerts/food-standards-scotland-update-on-2-sisters-food-group

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