Tesco scores lowest supermarket rating for food safety

Tesco has been revealed as the worst supermarket for UK food safety, according to a report by Essential Living.

The chain was the subject of 148 reports of food poisoning and recalls, the ‘Spilling the Beans’ report found.

The research ranked six UK supermarket brands on the freshness of their products, using data from the FSA and iwaspoisoned.com

Waitrose was found to have the least amount of reports of food poisoning but has had the most items that have been recalls in the past year.

The data found that Marks and Spencer had the least recalls and only a small number of reports of poisoning, giving them the title of safest supermarket.

Tesco scored the worst overall in the ‘super six’ with multiple food recalls – from fermented fruit presse, to dodgy cheese and undeclared nuts.

The chain also had the highest number of food poisoning reports, including reports of food poisoning from quiches and wraps, and even diarrhea-inducing Doritos.

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The ‘big six’ supermarkets stacked up for food safety

  1. Tesco – 33 product recalls between 2018-2021, 115 food poisoning reports
  2. Sainsbury’s – 25 product recalls between 2018-2021, 87 food poisoning reports
  3. Asda – 24 product recalls between 2018-2021, 48 food poisoning reports
  4. Waitrose – 36 product recalls between 2018-2021, 17 food poisoning reports
  5. Morrisons – 16 product recalls between 2018-2021, 30 food poisoning reports
  6. Marks & Spencer – 4 product recalls between 2018-2021, 26 food poisoning reports

You can see the report in full here.

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