Upset at end of safety tabs

PUBLISHED: 14:51 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

I am concerned to learn that Tesco have been doing away with security tabs on their own brand fruit drinks. The metal/plastic tabs underneath the caps are no longer there on some varieties.

I am concerned to learn that Tesco have been doing away with security tabs on their own brand fruit drinks.

The metal/plastic tabs underneath the caps are no longer there on some varieties.

According to the duty manager I spoke to this morning, customers now have to check each carton to ensure the seal is unbroken and the fruit drink has not been tampered with, instead of having the double security of the second tabs.

Does everyone have time to do this? I don't. I expect to pick up a carton or two or three and be able to walk away secure in the knowledge that the second tab has stopped anyone from tampering with the product.

This is obviously another money-saving idea from Tesco when they already have massive profits. It certainly does not take into account customer convenience and safety.

I suggest that anyone who has recently bought Tesco fruit drinks check the caps on the cartons and, if they are missing tabs and also share my concerns, take them back to the store for a refund and fill in a complaints form, which is what I did.

Maybe that way Tesco will realise that convenience and safety for their customers is just as important as their profits.

For my part, I have recently started internet shopping (easier, quicker, convenient, no headaches or impulsive buys) and will in future be buying my groceries from Sainsbury's which still have the security tabs in their cartons.

Elaine Williams,

31 Mount Pleasant Avenue,

Exmouth

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