Tesco withdraws West Bank products

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, says it will no longer sell products originating from the West Bank, starting this September.

A spokesman for the supermarket said the move was not "politically motivated" and not connected to the Gaza conflict.

The decision was part of a “regular product review process”, he said.

The only West Bank product currently stocked were dates - packaged in the territories but grown in Israel - and they were being pulled for “commercial reasons”, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile two separate health and beauty product suppliers told the JC that Tesco had asked them to list all their products and ingredients from Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Tesco said it had asked for the information because of inquiries from customers.

The spokesman said: “We have received some questions from customers about products we sell that are sourced from Israel or the West Bank.

“To make sure we answered their questions with the most accurate and up to date information, we contacted suppliers to double check our own information, particularly for branded products.

“We have no plans to change our position on sourcing from Israel.”

Last updated: 7:38pm, July 28 2014