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Fake goats cheese made from sheep's milk found on sale in supermarkets

Fake goats cheese has been found to be on sale Credit: PA Wire

Fake goats cheese made from sheep's milk has been found on sale in supermarkets following a shortage of milk from the animals.

Consumer group Which? commissioned tests on 76 goats cheese samples from supermarkets, delis and markets sold at eight UK locations.

In six cases, half or more of the product was found to be sheep's cheese.

Three of these contained more than 80% sheep's cheese, three contained more than 50%, while three other cheeses contained smaller amounts - around 5%.

Which? said it would be following up its findings with the companies involved and the Food Standards Agency.


Concerns over loan shark customers

One in three people turned down for a payday loan considered using an illegal loan shark, research suggests Credit: PA Wire

One in three people turned down for a payday loan following the introduction of tighter lending rules considered using an illegal loan shark instead, according to research.

Someone turned away by a payday lender is twice as likely to go a loan shark as they are to seek help from a credit union, a survey carried out for The Consumer Finance Association found.

The Consumer Finance Association (CFA) represents short-term lenders including the Money Shop, Cash Converters, Quick Quid, Peachy and Sunny.

A poll of 720 people who had been turned down for a payday loan by a member of the CFA following the new rules found a third had thought about going to an illegal lender after they were declined.

One in 25 (4%) said they had used an illegal lender, which is double the proportion who said they had gone to a credit union.

Shoppers 'buying little and often'

Shoppers are using convenience stores more, according to a report. Credit: PA Wire

People are shopping "little and often" and spending more in convenience stores, according to research.

So-called "time poor" shoppers are grocery shopping at least twice as often as they were five years ago, according to a report by Waitrose.

More people are using convenience stores with 25% of consumers visiting one every day, according to figures from a poll of 1,000 people carried out for the supermarket.

Waitrose managing director Mark Price said: "The twin pillars of convenience and technology mean that people shop more often, and in ways that suit them."

Jennifer Garner: De la Renta 'let the woman be the star'

Garner (right) wearing a de la Renta dress at the 2008 Oscars. Credit: Reuters

Actress Jennifer Garner says Oscar de la Renta was a "gentleman" whose love of women was reflected in the dresses he created.

Garner - who wore a de la Renta dress at the 2008 Oscars, among other occasions - said: "You saw it in every design that he did - he honoured women's features, he honoured our bodies.

He wasn't afraid to pull back and let the woman be the star of the look. I was just lucky to get to wear his designs and get to know him a little bit - just the tiniest bit - as a person.

– Jennifer Garner on Oscar de la Renta


Clintons: De la Renta's eye matched only by his heart

Bill and Hillary Clinton have expressed their sadness at the loss of fashion designer and friend Oscar de la Renta, saying: "Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart."

Then First Lady Hillary Clinton wearing a de la Renta dress in 1997. Credit: Reuters

Hillary was one of a number of US First Ladies to wear de la Renta designs while in the White House, and the family were also close friends of the fashion heavyweight.

In a statement, the Clintons said: "His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey."

His legacy of philanthropy extended from children in his home country who now have access to education and healthcare, to some of New York’s finest artists whose creativity has been sustained through his support.

We will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us, and for sharing his talent on some of the most important occasions of our lives.

– Clinton family

De la Renta's family 'heartbroken' at loss of designer

The stepdaughter of Osca de la Renta has said the designer died with his family and friends around him on Monday.

Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband Alex Bolen said they were "heartbroken" at the news but that his hard work, intelligence and love of life would remain at the heart of the fashion label.

While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company.

All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar's example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.

– Eliza and Alex Bolen

Laura Bush pays tribute to 'dear friend' de la Renta

Laura Bush pictured with Oscar de la Renta. Credit: Reuters

Former US first lady Laura Bush has paid tribute to "dear friend" designer Oscar de la Renta.

George and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. We will miss Oscar's generous and warm personality, his charm, and his wonderful talents.

My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna's wedding dress. We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.

George, Barbara, Jenna, and I send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Annette de la Renta, Alex and Eliza Bolen, and all of Oscar's loving family and friends.

– Laura Bush

Tributes pour in for designer Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Credit: Reuters

Models, fellow designers and celebrities have begun paying tribute to legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who has died at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer.

He had battled the disease since 2006 and is survived by his wife, Annette Engelhard, and a son, Moises, ABC News reported.

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