A Channel 4 documentary threatens to embarrass the UK’s major retailers by linking them with poor animal welfare standards.
The makers of the two-part Dispatches film, Supermarket Secrets, claim they have uncovered “disturbing” breaches of farm assurance welfare standards at farms believed to supply processor Grampian Country Food Group. The programmes, the first of which airs on Thursday, July 28, will examine whether the multiples are to blame.
In a letter to the British Retail Consortium, and shown to the The Grocer, executive producer Claudia Milne warns: “The programmes contain a number of general criticisms about the effect the supermarket system appears to have had on animal welfare, food quality, safety and value.”
Milne writes that none of the big four supermarkets has agreed to take part and invites the BRC to submit a written statement on their behalf, defending retailers’ practices. The films also allege that tests commissioned by the makers show that fat content in broiler chickens has risen sharply in the past 30 years.
Grampian Country Food Group said it had received a list of allegations and would respond to them.