Tesco penalised for labelling errors

17th September 2013 - Fine Cut

Supermarket retailer Tesco has found itself embroiled in another selling scandal after it was found to have mislabelled Dutch pork products as British.

An investigation carried out on behalf of BBC News revealed there was a less than one per cent chance that a pack of chops that had been labelled as British actually came from the British Isles.

Tesco claimed it was "extremely disappointed" by the discovery, claiming it had told its supplier that the mistake was "unacceptable".

However, this is not the first time the retailer has been involved in a scandal regarding its meat products. Earlier this year, the company was forced to apologise after an investigation revealed its beef products contained high levels of horsemeat.

The scandal saw Tesco lose the trust of its loyal customer base, who increasingly opted to shop at rival supermarkets, which displayed clear and accurate labels on all products.

Tesco sources its pork from Cranswick Country Goods, which purchased the meat from FA Gill - a family-owned company based in Wolverhampton.

The smaller company said it can "categorically deny that the pork came from their supply as they do not deal with Dutch meat", while Cranswick said subsequent tests had not revealed similar issues.

Mick Sloyan from the British Pig Executive said: "Human error can occur. This is not going to happen on a regular basis. I think we have shown that this technology works and it provides an extra level of reassurance for consumers in the traceability systems that we adopt."

Tesco's errors have highlighted the importance for companies across a wide range of industries to ensure their products are accurately labelled at all times, in order to protect members of staff and consumers from harm.

Fine Cut provides a variety of labels for a broad spectrum of firms, including those operating in the farming and medical sectors, where health and safety should be at the forefront of all tasks.

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