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Campaigner: Asda 'crossed the line' on fancy dress outfit

A campaigner for the mental health charity Mind told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Asda "crossed the line" after selling a 'mental patient' fancy dress costume.

Nine out of 10 people using mental health services in patient care report stigma and discrimination from a range of sources.

Stigma and discrimination is unfortunately still really damaging in England today and this kind of myth of the dangerousness posed by people, that you should be scared of anyone who has used mental health services, is really damaging.

(Asda) certainly crossed the line here and I hear it might well have been changed with the addition of mental patient, so it was definitely being used to tap into negative stereotypes.

– Sue Baker, campaigner for mental health charity Mind

Read: Asda 'deeply sorry' for selling 'mental patient' fancy dress costume

Charity hopes outcry will lead others to withdraw outfit

Mental health charity Time to Change said Asda's fancy dress costume "reinforces the myth that those with mental illness are all violent" and they hoped the outcry would lead to other retailers withdrawing the outfit.

Their official Twitter account wrote:


Asda's mental health patient costume reinforces the myth that those with mental illness are all violent. Our response


Our director on @bbc5live talking about Asda's mental health patient costume: 'hopefully the outcry will urge other retailers to withdraw'

Read: Asda 'deeply sorry' for selling 'mental patient' fancy dress costume


Asda: Less than 500 snack packs affected by recall

Asda is recalling packs of its own-brand Curried Chicken Snack Pack after traces of Listeria were found.

As soon as our supplier informed us of the positive test result we removed the snack pot from our shelves. While this is a serious issue, it affects a single batch of less than 500 snack packs.

– Asda spokesperson

Read: Details of the product being recalled by Asda

Those more at risk of developing Listeriosis

Asda have recalled some of its own brand Curried Chicken Snack Pack after traces of Listeria were found. Credit: Press Assocation

Some people are at an increased risk of developing listeriosis, including: those over 60 years of age; pregnant women and their unborn babies; babies less than one month old and people with a weakened their immune system, such as those with HIV or on medication such as chemotherapy.

Read: Details of the product being recalled by Asda

Asda recall: What is Listeriosis?

  • Listeriosis is caused by a type of bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes (listeria) and is mainly spread through contaminated food.
  • Listeria is widespread throughout the environment and can be found in soil, wood, decaying vegetation and water.
  • Unlike most other types of bacteria, listeria can survive and often multiply in temperatures below 5ºC (41ºF). Therefore, listeria can still grow to potentially harmful levels in food stored in a fridge.
  • Listeria cannot multiply in temperatures below 0ºC (32ºF), but freezing food doesn't necessarily kill all listeria bacteria.
  • Listeria can be removed by cooking food thoroughly or, in the case of dairy products, pasteurising it (a heat treatment designed to kill bacteria).


Asda own-brand Curried Chicken Snack recall

Asda has recalled its own brand Curried Chicken Snack Pack as a precautionary measure after Listeria monocytogenes was detected in the product, which may pose a health risk.

The item being recalled is:

  • Curried Chicken Snack Pack (Chosen By You), 150g
  • 'Use by' 17 July 2013
  • Barcode: 05052449807547

The Food Standards Agency advise those who have the product, not to eat it and return it to the store it was bought from for a full refund.

No other products are known to be affected.

Supermarkets cut petrol prices

Petrol prices should reduce from tomorrow
Petrol prices should reduce from tomorrow Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons will cut their petrol and diesel prices by 2p a litre from tomorrow in an attempt to encourage motorists to visit their stores. Prices have risen on average 1p a litre over the past month.

The AA President Edmund King welcomed the news: "Our June fuel price report revealed that retailers had on average this year been charging at least a 1p per litre extra on diesel. Hence we believe that all retailers should look to cut fuel prices to reflect the market price at the pumps".

Asda corned beef customers 'unlikely to fall ill'

The Food Standards Agency has said it will continue testing products "until there's nothing left to find" after the veterinary painkilling drug phenylbutazone - or bute - was found in Asda Smart Price Corned Beef.

The agency's director of operations Andrew Rhodes said customers should not eat the corned beef but added anyone who does is very unlikely to fall ill.

He advised customers to return the product to the supermarket to receive a full refund.

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