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Tesco and Aldi urge shoppers to take extra care when washing fruit and veg after Saharan dust settles on Spanish crops



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It turned the skies across parts of England a hazy orange - and left a sandy residue on cars, homes and wheelie bins.

Now Tesco and Aldi are warning shoppers that the Saharan dust cloud that moved across Europe in mid-March has impacted fruit and vegetables.

The supermarkets are warning shoppers to take extra care when washing fresh produce to make sure they rid them of dust.

A car in Cambridge after Saharan dust fell with rain
A car in Cambridge after Saharan dust fell with rain

The dust cloud came after a huge sandstorm in the Sahara Desert was picked up and carried across Europe.

It had a particular impact on Spain and Portugal, where the air quality was significantly affected, people were warned to wear face masks and the skies glowed orange and yellow for days.

Spanish vegetables stocked by our supermarkets may now have a dusty residue on them.

Aldi is among the stores asking customers to be cautious with washing fruit and veg
Aldi is among the stores asking customers to be cautious with washing fruit and veg

Aldi has put signs across aisles in some stores asking its customers to give their fresh food an extra wash.

Tesco has done the same and put a notice across the top of its website and online grocery shopping pages.

There are warnings in the fruit and veg aisles
There are warnings in the fruit and veg aisles

The online warning reads: “Due to the recent winds from the Sahara desert a small amount of dust has settled on our Spanish crops.

“Please ensure you wash your fruit and veg products before enjoying. Thank you for supporting our growers and preventing food waste by continuing to buy these products.”

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Saharan dust coats cars in Cambridge



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