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More than 100 jobs at risk as Tesco plan to shut three stores in the North East

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Supermarket chain Tesco have confirmed the locations of the 43 stores it plans on closing to cut costs, three of which are in our region:

  • Bedlington, Tesco Superstore
  • Whitley Bay, Tesco Express
  • York Road Hartlepool, Tesco Express

90 jobs are at risk in Bedlington, 18 in Hartlepool and 15 in Whitley Bay.

But Tesco say these 123 positions are not expected job losses, because they will work with colleagues to try and find them alternative roles elsewhere and where that is not possible redundancy will be offered.

Tesco Chief Executive Dave Lewis said:

In January I announced that our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be and that to protect the future of the business in the UK we would close 43 unprofitable stores.

The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard working colleagues, our customers and local communities.

Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco. We will continue to serve our customers through other local stores and our dotcom service."

– Dave Lewis

Last year the chain came under fire for overstating their profits by £263m.

The decision is putting 2,000 jobs in danger nationwide.

Read more: Full list of Tesco stores set for closure.

More than 2,500 apply for 114 supermarket jobs

More than 2,500 people have applied for just 114 jobs at a new supermarket in Consett, the Northern Echo reports.

The new Tesco Extra store opens on the former Consett steelworks site on Thursday, October 24.

Store manager Gary Ewart told the newspaper they were "thrilled" with the response but added that it had made making the decisions on which applicants were successful "very tough".

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Waitrose pulls beef burgers as a 'precaution'

Dalepak, one of the firms at the centre of the horsemeat investigation, supplies Waitrose beefburgers. Credit: Press Association

Waitrose has become the latest supermarket to pull beef burgers from its selves after horsemeat was found in burgers made by one their suppliers.

The company said it had taken frozen burgers made by Dalepak, one of the firms at the centre of the horsemeat contamination investigation, off sale "as a precaution" when it had its accreditation suspended.

In a statement, Waitrose said its burgers had since been tested and were found to be 100% beef:

"The ingredients in our burgers are simple with all meat traceable back to British farms that we know."

"Our technical team visited the Dalepak site last week and were happy that our products were produced to our high specification and separately from other companies' products (ours are produced at 6am before other any other burgers)."

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Irish food factory shut after horsemeat discovery

A major food factory owned by one of Europe's biggest suppliers and processors has been shut in Ireland after horse DNA was found in frozen burgers in new tests two days ago.

ABP Food Group said the suspension of all production at the Silvercrest Foods plant in Co Monaghan was the "responsible course of action".

The firm said that, following new results from the Irish Department of Agriculture, it believes the source of the contaminated material is one supplier.

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Horsemeat scandal 'should have been picked up in UK'

Public service trade union Unison said the presence of horse DNA in beef burgers should have been picked up by British authorities, but Government cuts to food trading and meat hygiene services mean vital safety checks are being limited.

The union said the scandal demonstrated the industry was not fit to self-regulate and criticised the "dramatic falls in levels of activity" across the food safety industry, including:

  • 29% drop in new prosecutions
  • 265 fall in total number of schedule inspections
  • 24% fall in total number of visits for enforcement purposes

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Tesco apologises for horsemeat found in beef burgers

Tim Smith, group technical director of Tesco has apologised to customers after beef burgers sold at the supermarket were found to contain horse meat.

He said that there is no way to know until investigations have been completed how this could have happened. He added "there are only two ways that this could happen, one of them involves illegality by suppliers or the suppliers of those suppliers or gross negligence."

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