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PASTED; Tesco crab spread is 28% mackerel, 25% cod.. and 25% crab.

Byline: By STEPHEN HAYWARD, Consumer Correspondent

TESTS on Tesco "crab" paste revealed something seriously fishy - it's mostly cod and mackerel.

Just a quarter is crab while 28 per cent is mackerel and 25 per cent cod. Tomato and rusk are some of the other ingredients.

Princes "smoky bacon" paste contained 40 per cent chicken and only 24 per cent bacon, watchdogs also found.

Trading standards chiefs say their findings show supermarkets and food firms are misleading customers. David Graby, of Buckinghamshire tradings standards, which conducted the tests, said: "We want food firms like Tesco to be much clearer and more honest in their labelling.

"It's not until they've read the small print on the back detailing the list of ingredients that consumers realise they've been misled. Tesco are being factually correct about the ingredients in their crab paste but 'mackerel and crab paste' would seem a better description."

In blind-tasting tests on the Tesco crab paste, 58 per cent of people thought it tasted of mackerel. Only 14 per cent thought it tasted of crab and 28 per cent said it tasted of neither crab nor mackerel.

A Tesco spokesman said: "This labelling complies with all relevant legislation, but we will consider action if needed."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 5, 2007
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