Underweight garlic bread in store recall

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NEARLY 70,000 packets of garlic bread slices supplied by a Wigan-based firm have been pulled from Tesco shelves in the UK after an investigation found some were underweight.

Trading standards officers in Scotland found 39 packets of the supermarket’s own-brand product had net weights below the declared amount during two visits to stores in Aberdeenshire.

Of the 290g tested packs from Bakkavor Foods, which has bases at both the South Lancs Industrial Estate in Bryn and at Ince, 39 were under the stated weight, with one weighing less than 230g. The emergency product withdrawal involved 66,000 packs, worth £93,000.

Bakkavor said it had taken steps to avoid a repeat of the problem.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We take great care to deliver clear information for our customers so they can make informed decisions on the products they buy and to ensure that customers receive the stated quantity of product.

“We are disappointed that errors occurred with a very small number of product and we have worked with our supplier to ensure there is no repeat of the issue.”

A Bakkavor spokesperson said: “We confirm that a bakery product made on behalf of a customer has been recalled due to an error with product weight.

“Bakkavor takes such incidents seriously and sincerely apologises for this error. We have put in place a number of measures to prevent a similar incident arising in the future. We wish to reassure customers and consumers of our continued commitment to compliance and the highest standards of production.”