Baffled shoppers spot security tags on butter and cheese amid soaring prices
UK supermarket customers have been left stunned after spotting security tags on various everyday food items.
Most people think they'd be able to sail through the self-scanner with everyday items such as butter, chicken, or cheese.
However, Brits have been left baffled after finding some such items slapped with security labels and tags amid soaring prices.
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The comments come after it was revealed this week that Lurpak butter has been seen selling for more than £9 a pack in some supermarkets.
In Iceland, a kilogram of Lurpak is priced at £9.35, while at Sainsbury’s online, a 750g tub is listed at £7.25.
Many have taken to Twitter to comment on the security tags after spotting them on items in the likes of Asda, Aldi, Tesco and Co-op.
One exclaimed: "Britain in 2022… Lurpak butter is at £6 a tub in ASDA and even has a security tag on it. Mental!"
As another added: "If you think Lurpak is bad – the local Aldi and Coop have started security tagging food.
"There was a GPS protected tag on a pack of lamb chops as well… #ThisMorning #CostOfLivingCrisis."
A third, who shared a picture of some skinless and boneless chicken thigh fillets from Tesco, wrote: "An indictment of the UK under #BorisJohnson and his #ToryCostOfLivingCrisis.
"My local supermarket has started security tagging foodstuffs like this. #BrexitReality."
While a fourth, who shared a snap of their coffee, said: "The #CostOfLivingCrisis is real. My local supermarket is now security tagging everyday items, presumably because their price has increased so much. This isn’t Chateauneuf-du-Pape, this is instant coffee!"
Despite many customers linking the security tagging to the cost of living crisis, a spokesperson for Co-op told Daily Star that such measures have, in fact, been in place for 'several years to deter crime'.
They told us: “Co-op has been involved in a small scale trial of new packaging for higher value products such as meat for several years, with the additional security providing a further deterrent if a store locally experiences shoplifting issues.
"The move formed part of our Safer Colleagues campaign which has also succeeded in bringing in stricter sentences for violent incidents against shop workers.”
An Asda spokesperson also told us that 'a single store has probably had some of this product stolen recently and has decided to place tags on the rest to ensure they don’t also get stolen', adding that Asda "certainly isn't looking at this as any kind of change in customer behaviour or a side effect of inflation".
Daily Star has contacted Aldi and Tesco for comment.
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