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Asda donate £25,000 to Mind after outfit row

Chief executive of mental health charity Mind Paul Farmer said that Asda will donate £25,000 to the organisation after selling a 'mental patient' fancy dress costume.

The official Twitter account of Mind wrote:

Mind: Asda's costume 'staggeringly offensive'

Asda have shown themselves to be extremely misguided with their ‘mental health patient’ fancy dress costume.

It is staggeringly offensive to the one in four of us affected by mental health problems and our families and friends, and troubling that some businesses are still so out of touch with the public mood.

However it is encouraging to see the groundswell of outcry on Twitter and that our voices are being heard.

We hope this will urge Asda as well as other retailers and manufacturers to review their processes and consider taste and decency on mental health grounds, to avoid fuelling stigma and discrimination that are so damaging for large numbers of the population.

– Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness

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Tesco removes 'Psycho Ward' fancy dress costume

A Tesco spokesperson told ITV News they have removed a fancy dress costume called "Psycho Ward" from their website and apologised "for any offence caused".

The website sells a costume called 'Psycho Ward'. Credit: Tesco

A spokesperson said: "We're really sorry for any offence this has caused and we are removing this product from sale.”

Tesco sells fancy dress costume called 'Psycho Ward'

Asda has been criticised by charities for its 'mental patient' fancy dress costume but they are not the only major retailer selling outfits based on mental health issues.

The website sells a costume called 'Psycho Ward'. Credit: Tesco

Tesco sells a bright orange adult costume called "Psycho Ward" which has the word "committed" printed on the back.

The website's description of the costume says: "Dress up as the most thrilling psycho killer character of all time in this Psycho Ward costume, consisting of a bright orange, long-sleeved boiler suit with zip fastener to front 'Psycho Ward' printed on the chest.

"The same words (are) printed on the back in larger letters with a prominent 'Committed' stamp just below."

ITV News has asked Tesco for a comment but they have not yet responded.

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

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:

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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

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.

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).
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