Case 408 – Supermarket deli refused request to leave plastic wrapping on liver sausage

Issue

Case 408 – Supermarket deli refused to leave plastic wrapping on liver sausage stating that it was a ‘choking hazard’.

Panel opinion

There is no health and safety reason for refusing to leave the original plastic wrapping on fresh liver sausage. The decision to remove the plastic wrapping from the fresh food at point of sale makes no sense, especially as the product is likely to be wrapped in some other form of plastic bag before being handed to the customer. Claiming removal of the product’s original wrapping was necessary for health and safety reasons is indeed a myth!

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2017/case408-supermarket-deli.htm