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Morrisons apologises after fury over ‘non-EU salt and pepper’ packaging

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Morrisons has apologised following immense backlash after labelling a chicken product containing "non-EU salt and pepper".

Shoppers complained on social media over the packaging for the salt-and-pepper chicken crown, which also featured the Union flag.

The company quickly backtracked over the "error" and described it as a mistake during the labelling process.

Morrisons tweeted that "the wording on the packaging is an error for which we apologise", and told customers it was in the process of changing the packaging.

A spokeswoman for the supermarket chain said: "Our chicken label is adhering to British packaging regulations, however, we will be redesigning it to make it clear this is not a political commentary."

It came after a barrage of tweets from customers accused the company of "anti-EU bias" and threatened to stop shopping at Morrisons.

One Twitter user, David Bright, wrote: "I'm done with shopping @Morrisons, I can live with Union flags on bananas, but the gratuitous slight on the EU is too much."

Another, Robin Wilton, described the packaging as "small-minded" and "populist-pandering bigotry that's just cost you a customer".

But some shoppers thought the backlash was overblown.

One Twitter user, lawyer David Banks, said: "People think this 'Non-EU salt & pepper' is an advertising gimmick to attract sales from Brexiteers.

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"They have, seriously, lost their minds…"

Another user said: "It's probably to do with labeling legislation and food standards. This is such a nothing story."

According to Government guidance, meat packaging where full country information is not available must use the term "non-EU" to describe its origin.

From October next year, this will be replaced by "non-UK" after post-Brexit rule changes.

The furore comes a week after Morrisons moved into private hands, following its £7 billion takeover by US private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

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In other Morrisons news, a shopper was left horrified when he found a nest of potentially deadly spiders on a bunch of bananas he bought from his local supermarket.

Rafal Murawski, 35, bought the fruit from the branch at the Peel Centre in Bracknell on the morning of Thursday, October 7, and was shocked to find the nest on the outside.

None of the spiders hatched, but Rafal fears they were likely to be the eggs of the world's deadliest arachnid – the Brazilian wandering spider, Berkshire Live reports.

Morrisons says it is unlikely the eggs are from the potentially deadly spider, saying the bananas are from Ecuador, where there are not as many venomous species.

Mr Murawski said: "It was shocking really. I bought the bananas and saw there was this horrible spider's nest on there.

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