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British supermarkets may have been selling rotten meat unwittingly for years, an investigation has found.
An unnamed food supplier in the midlands is accused of selling the produce to big-chain supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Marks and Spencer, the Co-op and Morrisons.
Customers are thought to have been buying the rotten meat in sandwiches, ready meals, quiches and other goods sold by the brands.
The supermarkets are now urgently searching their shelves and stocks to ensure no more meat supplied by the anonymous company is being sold to shoppers.
The supplier, which cannot be named for legal reasons, is now the subject of a criminal investigation to establish the extent of the scandal.
(Stock Image) Supermarkets may have been unwittingly selling rotten meat to customers for years
(Stock Photo) Tesco was one of several supermarkets which bought meat from the accused food supplier
It previously sold its meat to food manufacturer Oscar Mayer which supplies brands including Aldi, Subway and Ikea.
The chains are confident customers do not need to be worried about current food safety issues.
The investigation by Farmers Weekly alleged that the unnamed supplier mixed 'rotting' pork into fresh meat.
It also claimed that frozen meat was left to thaw out on the floor of its factory before it was used and that some goods including ox tongues were not properly heat-treated.
Two former employees claimed that