Acquired Victorian operations of Steggles in July 2009 to become Victoria's largest chicken processor, and #3 in Australia (after Baiada and Ingham).
In Jan 2012 Turi Foods was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine by the Federal Court for engaging in deceptive and misleading conduct by using the term 'free-to-roam' in its chicken advertising. The company was also ordered to remove the ad from shops, and publish an ad admitting liability in a Melbourne newspaper.
[Source 2012][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
This company produces factory farmed chicken meat. Broiler chickens can legally be confined at a density that gives each bird less space than an single A4 sheet of paper. Every year in Australia 435 million chickens endure short and unnatural lives inside factory farms. This approach is fundamentally at odds with chicken welfare.
[Source 2011][More on Factory Farming]
Most Australian processors use chlorinated iced water to sanitise and cool down chicken carcasses (same as in the US) rather than the air chilling method which is used in Europe. The water has to be chlorinated (at similar levels to a swimming pool) to ensure bacteria are killed. La Ionica promotes its chicken as chemical free as they use the air chilling method. It should be noted that some other parts of this process use Melbourne water which does contain small amounts of chlorine (0.5 ppm). [See company website: www.laionica.com.au, go to 'Our Difference' tab]
[Source 2011][More on Product Safety]
|Company Structure||Family owned private company|
|Address||5 Lipton Drive, Thomastown, VIC, 3074, Australia|
|Phone||1300 132 085|
|Fax||03 9462 1158|