Tesco stores forced to remove garlic bread slices from sale
Trading standards officers 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 packs tested they found that 39 were under the stated weight, with one weighing less than 230g.
The emergency product withdrawal involved 66,000 packs, worth £93,000.
The producer of the slices - Bakkavor Foods who have a factory in Bo’ness producing mainly salad products - said it had taken steps to avoid a repeat of the problem.
Trading standards manager Wilma Urquhart said the service “takes these incidents extremely seriously”.
She said: “We were pleased to see that the supermarket acted swiftly following the discovery.
“Our work is very important in protecting both consumers and businesses from unfair competition and the service will continue to work with both Tesco and Bakkavor to ensure legislative compliance.”
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.”