UK supermarket withdraws brand of Italian coffee from sale

UK supermarket withdraws brand of Italian coffee from sale

Waitrose has taken the decision after slavery images prompted complaints from customers

Waitrose removed the tins of Saquella 1856 coffee from sale last month after complaints from customers in London about the images of slaves harvesting beans in Guatemala, Central America.

"We are sorry for any offence caused by the images that were shown on these products," a Waitrose spokeswoman said by email.

"We've spoken to the supplier, who has explained that the images were intended to depict how coffee was historically harvested and traded," she added.

Saquella 1856 did not respond to a request for comment.

Rishi Madlani, a politician and councillor for Bloomsbury in London, where shoppers raised alarm about the coffee, said the images were "absolutely shocking and utterly unacceptable".

"Hopefully people will think more carefully in advance next time," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email, saying he had also written to Waitrose to condemn the tins.

The upmarket grocer last year removed from sale one of its corned beef brands after a newspaper investigation found it might contain meat linked to slave labour on farms in Brazil.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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