Which? releases damning bacon survey

There are significant variations in the amount of water added to own-brand supermarket bacon, with some products falling foul of regulations, new research from consumer body Which? has found.

Which? experts tested 15 different types of unsmoked back bacon from the major supermarkets and found that four had more than 10% added water, but failed to state this in the name of the product – contravening the Meat Products Regulations.

Which? also found that water content varied hugely, even between supposedly identical packs of bacon.

Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith said: “Once again, we’ve found examples of supermarkets failing to give consumers clear and concise information about the food they’re eating – and to make matters worse, we believe they’re actually in breach of regulations here. We’ve raised this issue with the relevant Trading Standards authorities.”

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