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Shoppers in the dark over mushrooms

ONE in four mushrooms sold in UK supermarkets has travelled more than 800 miles — despite British producers being able to supply the country, a report says.

Nearly half of shoppers said they had bought food and wrongly assumed it was sourced in Britain and Ireland, according to a study by industry body the Mushroom Bureau.

A total of 13 per cent are sourced at least 800 miles away, mainly in the Netherlands, with 12 per cent from Polish farms 1,100 miles away. Tesco told The Grocer magazine 90 per cent of its mushrooms were sourced in the UK and Ireland, while Morrisons sourced 100 per cent. Sainsbury’s and Asda did not give figures.