Tesco food labeling

I have a number of requests in to various councils requesting that Trading Standards reports be made public. Two stories in the Sunday Times this past weekend show why the public have a pressing and direct need to know the contents of these reports.

Tesco misleads shoppers on salt and sugar labels
Richard Fletcher

Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket chain, is being accused of misleading customers over the nutritional and health benefits of a series of products in stores throughout the country.

Trading standards officers have found more than 20 alleged failings in an eight-week period after testing Tesco products. Some that boasted specific health benefits were found to contain excessive amounts of sugar or salt or significantly less vitamins than claimed.

Food labels of confusion at Tesco
Richard Fletcher and Jonathan Ungoed-Thomas

…The misleading Boulders [a brand of cereal] blurb is one of more than 20 incidents of suspected mislabelling that trading standards officers have found in an eight-week period after testing Tesco products. All were recorded in December and January by Hertfordshire trading standards, which collects reports from other trading standards offices around the country. The documents were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act; similar reports for other supermarket chains have yet to be released.

One Response to “Tesco food labeling”

  1. A TSO says:

    Part 9 of the Enterprise Act 2002 is considered to overide FOI and prohibits publishing data under a number of pieces of legislation

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