Tesco faces backlash by selling non-vegan FRUITS with wax containing resin secreted by female lake bug

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Tesco faces backlash for selling non-vegan FRUITS with wax containing resin secreted by female lake bug

  • Britain’s biggest supermarket has been criticized for its non-vegan fruit
  • The wax contains shellac found on trees in the forests of India and Thailand
  • Other fruits are also labeled as “non-vegan” due to post-harvest beeswax
  • They have now said they are ‘looking for alternatives’ for vegan consumers

Tesco has come under fire for selling non-vegan fruit using wax containing a resin secreted by female bedbugs.

Britain’s biggest supermarket has confirmed that it is now ‘looking for alternatives’ to wax being applied to some of its fruit after harvest.

The wax contains shellac, a resin secreted by the female lake bug on trees in the forests of India and Thailand.

Tesco has been criticized for selling non-vegan fruit using wax containing a resin secreted by female lake bugs

The wax contains shellac, a resin secreted by the female lake bug on trees in the forests of India and Thailand.

The wax contains shellac, a resin secreted by the female lake bug on trees in the forests of India and Thailand.

Other fruits, for example oranges, are also labeled as “non-vegan” by the supermarket due to post-harvest beeswax.

This means that consumers following a vegan diet cannot use orange peel peel in their cooking.

Some other citrus fruits, including lemons and limes, are also affected.

Beeswax is a common treatment for citrus fruits because it helps keep the fruit fresh longer.

This means that consumers looking for a strictly plant-based diet will have to buy organic fruit to avoid wax or any other chemicals.

Britain's biggest supermarket has confirmed that it

Britain’s biggest supermarket has confirmed it is ‘now looking for alternatives’ to waxing some of its fruit after harvest

This means that consumers looking for a strictly plant-based diet will have to buy organic fruit

This means that consumers looking for a strictly plant-based diet will have to buy organic fruit

However, the growing popularity of plant-based diets means the supermarket is now working with producers to develop an alternative wax that avoids shellac.

Tesco also said the wax treatment – used to extend shelf life and reduce food waste – is standard for conventional citrus packaging in the industry.

It comes after a vegan advert from the supermarket was banned earlier this year for its ‘misleading’ environmental message.

An advert promoting the supermarket’s Plant Chef vegan range was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority in June after the watchdog found it did not have ‘sufficient evidence to support’ environmental claims that she had done.

In response, Tesco said the claims were “not, nor were they meant to be, absolute environmental claims, as they did not assert that the products were entirely sustainable or good for the planet”.

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