Leading Swiss supermarket chain Coop has responded robustly to allegations of irregularities in the display of expired meat at its butcher counters.
Last month a lone butcher came forward on the Swiss television consumer programme Kassensturz claiming that packaged meat past its use-by date was routinely taken from the self-service fridges in the store where he worked, removed from its packaging and offered for sale at the open meat counter as fresh meat.
On Tuesday, Kassensturz struck again, this time with seven current or former employees making similar damning allegations relating to 24 Coop stores.
Blaming the dodgy practices on a handful of “black sheep” among a staff of 3,000 butchers, a Coop spokeswoman told swissinfo.ch that the vast majority of its butchers worked well.
“It is not acceptable for employees to ignore our company guidelines, employees who cheat our clients! We don’t want that and we will crack down on it,” the spokeswoman wrote in an email.