Meat and vegetarian labels were abruptly changed, which caused resentment of Sparks 'Prankster'

Articles Jun 17, 2019 22:24

Consumers have expressed discomfort on social media after they claim to have a habit of changing the naming label for 'meat' or 'vegetarian'.

News of the risky joke was shared on Northern Ireland Craic, a Facebook page dedicated to sharing funny memes and jokes.

The post showed an image of two Tesco lasagnas, one beef, and one vegetable, but apparently, the labels couldn’t necessarily be trusted as the caption revealed someone had messed with them.

Meat and vegetarian labels were abruptly changed, which caused resentment of Sparks Prankster
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It read:

Some mornings I like to pop in to Tesco & switch the cardboard sleeves around on these just for fun.

It’s not clear who the prankster actually is as their name and profile picture had been obscured, and with the lack of information about exactly which Tesco they’d been targeting it seems any of us could be at risk of falling for their joke.

A few people found the post funny but although the person responsible claimed to be swapping the sleeves ‘just for fun’ many Facebook users argued there could be dangerous consequences.

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Meat and vegetarian labels were abruptly changed, which caused resentment of Sparks Prankster
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Further to providing incorrect information about the use-by date, nutritional values and storage of the real contents of the pack, swapping the labels means customers would be unaware of the ingredients actually included in the product and therefore would be unable to confidently avoid anything they couldn’t eat, whether for dietary, health, religious or personal reasons.

The UK Government requires any companies producing pre-packed food to follow strict allergen labeling requirements, with allergenic ingredients emphasized in some way to make it clear for the consumers.

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Meat and vegetarian labels were abruptly changed, which caused resentment of Sparks Prankster
Northern Ireland Craic/Facebook

One annoyed person responded:

Please don’t do this. Some people have medical reasons for eating a vegetarian diet.

Including allergies and the inability to process meat. This could be dangerous.

Another urged the joker to think of the consequences their mischief could have for the supermarket, writing:

You could land the company in serious s*** for that. As well as tricking a vegetarian into eating meat. It’s not funny and is incredibly immature and irresponsible.

Anyone wanting to do this for “lols” needs a good kick up the a**e.

Whoever was behind the label swapping presumed it would just prompt a surprising reaction from any meat eaters looking forward to a beef lasagne, or vice verse for vegetarians, but they haven’t considered the dangerous side effects their ‘fun’ could cause.

The ill-thought-out ‘prank’ could cause serious health issues without the person responsible even realizing it. The Sun report Tesco is aware of the issue and is ‘monitoring the situation’.

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