The Mail on Sunday said that US pressure group Caspian is to launch a UK branch and that founder, Katherine Albrecht, planned campaigns against Gillette and Tesco if they did not “resolve its concerns” about use of the tags. Tesco is trialling the tags on DVDs and Gillette Mach 3 razors, while M&S is due to fit them on clothes in the autumn.
Tests conducted by The Sunday Times last week revealed that supermarkets are selling both prime cuts and economy meats with added water.
Slices of ham, chicken and turkey in sandwiches from Marks and Spencer, Safeway, Sainsbury and Tesco were also found to contain undisclosed amounts of fluids.
Supermarkets told the paper that they complied with the regulations and “always listed water as an ingredient” but not the amount.
The Trading Standards Institute warned that the adulteration of meat with water was likely to increase in the future and that Britain was in danger of becoming a “dumping ground” as there was no legal obligation to declare the water content in most meat products.
The MoS also reported that the Sainsbury family is “at war” over whether to sell the 35% of the supermarket group owned by 14 of its members. The paper said that the family has publicly supported group chief executive Sir Peter Davis, but that “the poor performance of the chain” could “tarnish” the family name.
The Business said that Marks and Spencer is to launch a unisex underwear range called MW in October.