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No fun of the fair: RSPCA urges councils to declare that pets aren’t prizes

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The RSPCA is calling for the giving of pets as prizes to be banned – and is urging local authorities across England and Wales to act to protect “misunderstood” goldfish.

As coronavirus restrictions continue to ease across England and Wales, the RSPCA fears that the “out-dated and cruel” spectre of pets being given away as prizes will return to fairgrounds as events resume in greater numbers.

Councils have been urged to take a lead on the issue – and ban any events on their land which give away pets as prizes.

Goldfish are the animal most commonly associated with prize-giving – and since 2015, the RSPCA has had 144 calls about goldfish and other aquatic animals being given as prizes, though reports have completely stalled since coronavirus restrictions were put in place and shows stopped taking place.

The charity now fears that – as fairgrounds and fetes return over the summer months – many goldfish will suffer as a consequence of being given away as a prize to unprepared new owners.

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Supporters are being urged to write to their local Councillor, asking them to propose a Notice of Motion that would ban any events on local authority land where pets were being given away as prizes.

The RSPCA say this would send a “powerful statement” to both the UK Government and Welsh Government that pets being given away as prizes should be banned outright. They continue to urge prospective pet owners to thoroughly research adding an animal to their family before they acquire the animal – and say fish are often “misunderstood” as they can be hugely rewarding but challenging animals to look after.

Evangeline Button, from the RSPCA’s wildlife department, said: “Fairgrounds are a summer family favourite – and we know many people will be delighted to see them return as coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased.

“But sadly, it’s still too often commonplace to see pets – mainly goldfish – being given away as prizes. This remains legal in both England and Wales – but for the animals involved, there is no fun at the fair.

“Animal ownership is a big responsibility – and shouldn’t be a spur of the moment result of winning a game. To those playing – if you win, they lose.

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“Goldfish are easily stressed and very often, fish that are won as prizes suffer miserably from shock, oxygen starvation or die from changes in water temperature, and many will die before their new owners can even get them home. They’re misunderstood pets – as they can make great companions; but can actually be challenging to look after and new owners must do their research before they acquire the fish, not afterwards. When bringing a fish home for the first time, it’s important to set the tank up at least two weeks in advance to make sure it’s all running smoothly, and this just isn’t possible for someone who’s won a fish without being prepared for it.

“Sadly, goldfish won at fairgrounds are held in plastic bags in unsuitable conditions for long durations and taken to homes which are not adequately prepared to meet their welfare needs. It should be candy floss people take home from the fair – not live animals.

“That’s why we want local authorities across England and Wales to ban the giving of pets as prizes on their land, taking the lead to consign this out-dated and cruel practice of giving pets as prizes to the history books.”

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A number of local authorities have already taken action – and Caerphilly County Borough Council was one of the first in 2019, following concerns raised about fish being given away as prizes at the Morgan Jones Park Fair in the South Wales town.

Cllr Pritchard said: “People I spoke to in Caerphilly were aghast the practice of giving pets as prizes isn’t already banned – so it was really important for me to work with the RSPCA to deliver this change. Here in Caerphilly, I’m proud we have now taken a firm stand and used the power at our disposal, and also urged the Welsh Government to deliver change in this area across Wales.”

Giving goldfish as prizes can cause serious welfare issues. Many will die before getting back to their new homes, or shortly after; and winning any animal through a game actively encourages owners to take on pets spontaneously without thinking it through – often with disastrous consequences.

In April 2019, a man filmed himself swallowing a live goldfish that he had won at a Somerset fairground the previous year. The fish had been won as a prize at the fairground prior to the incident, which was filmed and reported to the RSPCA to investigate. Following the case, the local council was inundated with requests asking them to ban the practice of giving live animals as prizes on Council land.


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“Stuck in a catch-22”: parents drive their children to school because they are concerned about traffic

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New polling data released for Living Streets’ Walk to School Week (16-20 May 2022) finds that traffic is one of the biggest barriers to children walking to school, with 17 per cent of parents in Wales naming it as a reason their child doesn’t walk.

With over 460,000 pupils in Wales, it would mean tens of thousands of them are being denied the physical and social health benefits of being more active.

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Schools being too far away from home (18%) and cars parked on pavements (17%) were also barriers for Welsh parents.

The latest data suggests just 50 per cent of primary school aged children in Wales walk to school.

Stephen Edwards, Chief Executive, Living Streets said: “We’re stuck in a catch-22 where families see driving to school as the safest way to protect their children from traffic.

“Leaving the car at home will reduce chaos and road danger around the school gates. It’s also a great way for children to learn about road safety in a real life setting and build their confidence in managing risk.

“Walk to School Week is an excellent opportunity for families to give walking to school a go and reap the health and social benefits of moving more.”

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Living Streets works with schools, local authorities and parent groups to help improve the walk to school.

Stephen Edwards continues: “We want to enable as well as encourage more families to walk to school. We’re here to help parents who are worried about safety around their child’s school. Car-free zones, 20mph limits and better crossings can all help make the walk to school safer and we’re here to help people campaign for them in their area.”

For more information on Living Streets’ walk to school campaign, visit livingstreets.org.uk/WalkToSchool

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Chicken products recalled at a dozen national retailers due to salmonella fears

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The Food Safety Authority (FSA) has issued a recall notice for cooked chicken sandwiches, wraps and other products sold at TWELVE major retailers due to salmonella fears.

The products were supplied by food producer Cranswick Country Foods who manufacture own-brand products for a number of supermarkets and food outlets.

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In a statement the FSA said: “Cranswick Country Foods are recalling several products containing chicken because salmonella has been found in some of the chicken used to manufacture these products.

“As a precaution additional products are also being recalled whilst investigations continue.”

Products sold by Aldi, Waitrose, Amazon, Sainsbury’s, Co-op, Costa, Cafe Nero, M&S, Starbucks, Shell, One Stop and Tesco are all affected by the warning.

Aldi Chicken & Stuffing Sandwich
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Aldi Chicken & Sweetcorn Sandwich
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Aldi Chicken and Bacon Caesar Wraps Mixed
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Waitrose Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap
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Waitrose Deep Filled Roast Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
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Waitrose Deep Filled Roast Chicken & Stuffing Sandwich
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Waitrose Entertaining Meat Roulade Wrap Selection
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Waitrose Essential Chicken Mayo Sandwich
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Waitrose Roast Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
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Waitrose Roast Chicken & Stuffing Sandwich
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Waitrose Roast Chicken & Sweetcorn Sandwich
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Waitrose Roast Chicken Salad with Salad Cream Sandwich
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Aldi Chicken and Bacon Caesar Wrap Triple Wrap
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Amazon Arabiatta Chicken Pasta Salad
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Amazon BBQ Chicken Hot wrap
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Amazon Chicken and Bacon Caesar Baguette
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Amazon Chicken and Spinach Protein Pot
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Amazon Chicken Caesar Wrap
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Amazon Chicken Tikka Bites
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Amazon Chicken Triple Sandwich
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Amazon Harissa Chicken and Grain Salad
Use byAll use by dates up to and including 12 May 2022
Aldi Chicken Fajita Triple Wrap
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Amazon Katsu Chicken and Coconut Slaw
Use byAll use by dates up to and including 12 May 2022
Amazon Lemongrass Chicken Grain Salad
Use byAll use by dates up to and including 12 May 2022
Amazon Mexican Chicken Mini Salad
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Amazon Sweet Chilli Chicken Noodle Salad
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Amazon Thai Chicken Hot Box
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Amazon Tikka Chicken & Masala Potato
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By Sainsbury’s Sage & Onion Chicken Breast Slice 180g
Use byAll use by dates from 3 May up to and including 20 May 2022
By Sainsbury’s Café Chicken & Bacon Topped Toastie
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By Sainsbury’s Cajun Chicken Grills 180g
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By Sainsbury’s Chargrilled Chicken Slices 160g
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Aldi Chicken Beechwood Smoked Bacon and Stuffing Sandwich
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By Sainsbury’s Chargrilled Chicken Slices 300g
Use byAll use by dates from 3 May up to and including 20 May 2022
By Sainsbury’s Chargrilled Salt & Chilli Thigh Fillets 150g
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By Sainsbury’s Chicken & Sweetcorn Sandwich
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By Sainsbury’s Chicken and Bacon Sub Roll
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By Sainsbury’s Chicken Fajita Triple Wrap
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By Sainsbury’s Chicken Salad Sandwich
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By Sainsbury’s Chicken Triple Sandwich
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By Sainsbury’s Chicken with Pork, Sage & Onion Stuffing Sandwich
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By Sainsbury’s Chicken, Bacon & Caesar Wrap
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By Sainsbury’s Classic Sandwich Platter
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Aldi Eat & Go Chicken and Bacon Club with Mayo
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By Sainsbury’s Classic Triple Sandwich
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By Sainsbury’s Coronation Chicken Sandwich
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By Sainsbury’s Firecracker Chicken Slices 160g
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By Sainsbury’s Flamegrilled Chicken Grills 180g
Use byAll use by dates from 3 May up to and including 20 May 2022
By Sainsbury’s Flamegrilled Chicken Mini Fillets 170g
Use byAll use by dates from 3 May up to and including 20 May 2022
By Sainsbury’s Garlic & Herb Chicken Breast Slices 180g
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By Sainsbury’s Gluten Free Chicken Caesar Wrap
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By Sainsbury’s Gluten Free Sandwich Platter
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By Sainsbury’s Grilled Tandoori Chicken Thigh Fillets 150g
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By Sainsbury’s Jerk Chicken Wrap
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Aldi Eat & Go Classic Selection Chicken Salad, Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Prawn Mayonnaise Sandwiches
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By Sainsbury’s Kansas City BBQ Wings 486g
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By Sainsbury’s Meat Sandwich Platter
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By Sainsbury’s Mexican Chicken Mini Fillets 170g
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By Sainsbury’s Piri Piri Chicken Mini Fillets 170g
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By Sainsbury’s Spring on the Lemon Chicken Sandwich
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By Sainsbury’s Thai Red Chicken Sandwich
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By Sainsbury’s Wrap Platter
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By Sainsburys Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
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By Sainsbury’s TTD Greek Chicken & Tzatziki Premium Wrap
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Caffé Nero Chargrilled Chicken Salad Sandwich
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Aldi Flavoured Mini Chicken Fillets; Mango Curry & Shwarma
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Co-op Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap
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Co-op Chicken & Sweetcorn Sandwich
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Co-op Chicken and Stuffing Sandwich
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Co-op Chicken Mayo Sandwich
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Co-op Coronation Chicken Sandwich
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Co-op Oriental Chicken Curry with Egg Fried Rice 400g
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Co-op Oriental Chow Mein 375g
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Co-op Oriental Sweet and Sour Chicken with Egg Fried Rice 400g
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Costa British Chicken Fajita Wrap
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Costa British Roast Chicken & Bacon Classic Toastie
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Aldi Roast Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
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Costa Chicken & Chorizo Stonebaked Panini
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‘Jamie Oliver deli by Shell’ Spicy Chipotle BBQ Chicken Wrap
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M&S 14 Piece Classic Sandwich Platter
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M&S Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap
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M&S Classic Mini Roll Selection
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M&S Deli Filler Coronation Chicken
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M&S Made Without Wheat Gluten Free Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
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M&S Roast Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
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M&S Roast Chicken & Salad Sandwich
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M&S The Café Classic Selection
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Aldi Roast Chicken Salad Sandwich
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M&S The Café Gluten Free Chicken Salad
Use byAll use by dates up to and including 13 May 2022
M&S Honey and Mustard Chicken Pasta Salad
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M&S Chicken and Bacon Layered Salad
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M&S Chicken Caesar Salad
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One Stop BBQ Chicken Chunks 180g
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One Stop Sliced Roast Chicken Breast 180g
Use byAll use by dates up to and including 19 May 2022
Starbucks Coronation Chicken Sandwich
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Tesco BBQ Chicken Breast Pieces 180g
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Tesco Chicken Breast Slices 180g
Use byAll use by dates up to and including 20 May 2022
Tesco Chicken Breast Slices 180g (Express)
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Aldi Sweet Chilli Chicken Triple Wrap
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Tesco Chicken Breast Slices 360g
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Tesco Coronation Chicken Pieces 180g
Use byAll use by dates up to and including 18 May 2022
Tesco Fajita Chicken Breast Mini Fillets 170g
Use byAll use by dates up to and including 18 May 2022
Tesco Flame Grilled Chicken Breast Mini Fillets 170g
Use byAll use by dates up to and including 20 May 2022
Tesco Flame Grilled Chicken Thins 180g
Use byAll use by dates up to and including 18 May 2022
Tesco Garlic & Herb Chicken Breast Mini Fillets 170g
Use byAll use by dates up to and including 19 May 2022
Tesco Piri Piri Chicken Breast Mini Fillets 170g
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Tesco Piri Piri Chicken Breast Pieces 180g
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Tesco Sliced Chicken Breast with Sage & Onion 180g
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Tesco Tandoori Chicken Pieces 180g
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A full list of products affected is available on the FSA website.

The FSA added: “Our advice to consumers If you have bought the above products, do not eat them. Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.”

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Supermarket Aldi to stock Ukrainian beer with profits going to humanitarian relief

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Supermarket Aldi has announced it will sell Chernigivske, Ukraine’s most popular beer brand, in stores nationwide.

Priced at £9.99 for a pack of ten 440ml cans, all profits from sales will go towards humanitarian relief in Ukraine.

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Brand-owner AB InBev is guaranteeing at least $5m from the initiative, with funds distributed across designated NGOs.

Chernigivske, also known locally as “Che”, is considered a national treasure in Ukraine.

Originally brewed as a gift to celebrate the 1,300-year anniversary of the city from which it got its name, Chernigiv, it remains the number one beer brand in Ukraine.

Like many Ukrainian businesses, the Chernigiv brewery closed its doors at the end of February. However, the brand has since started producing its lager in three breweries across Europe, with plans to open additional locations across the globe. Aldi proudly stands in partnership with Chernigivske, stocking the beer across stores nationwide, making every can count.

“Che” is a crisp and refreshing lager, originally brewed with character that perfectly balances strength and spirit; fruity aromas highlighted with light hoppy notes. It is a traditional Ukrainian lager loved and shared by generations of Ukrainians.

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Chernigivske lager is available in Aldi stores from 1st May, £9.99 for 10 x440ml and available as a pack of 4 from mid-May, while stocks last.

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