Tesco is being accused of misleading customers over the nutritional and health benefits of a range of products thoughout its stores, according to a report in the Sunday Times.

Trading standards are reported to have found more than 20 alleged failings in an eight-week period after testing Tesco products. Some that boasted specific health benefits were found to contain excessive amounts of sugar or salt or significantly less vitamins than claimed.

Among the findings of trading standards officers were:
- own brand Tesco Kids pizza labelled as having “controlled sodium” - suggesting low salt - which contained 10 times the amount of salt allowed for “reduced salt” foods.

- An own-brand cereal with “controlled sugar” that as almost one-third sugar

- Fresh leaf spinach with almost double the permitted level of nitrates

- A chicken sandwich containing 57% more salt than stated on its label