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A number of British supermarkets have pulled Russian products from their shelves to oppose the war in Ukraine.

On Friday March 4, Sainsbury’s announced it would ban certain items to stay “united with the people of Ukraine”.

Similar announcements were made the same day by retailers Waitrose and Co-op as Russia continues to attack its neighbor with fights across the country.

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The war is estimated to have killed hundreds of civilians and displaced more than a million people since it began.

Here’s which products were banned from UK supermarkets following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

What items have been banned by Sainsbury’s?

Sainsbury’s has announced that it will remove all products “100% from Russia” from its stores.

This includes Russian Standard Vodka and Karpayskiye Black Sunflower Seeds.

The supermarket had also considered removing JJ Whitley products from its shelves. But production is moving to the UK at the end of this month.

The Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We support their announcement earlier in the week that they are moving all production to Chorley, and will therefore continue to sell these products.”

Which products have been withdrawn by other supermarkets?

An Aldi spokesman said the supermarket had pulled Russian-origin vodka from its shelves.

Asda confirmed it would stop selling products originating in Russia, but did not name specific items. Co-op Food withdrew the sale of Russian Standard vodka and Morrisons announced the same measure.

John Lewis Partnership, which runs the John Lewis department store and the Waitrose supermarket, said it was removing Russian-made products from sale.

Russian vodka will cease to be sold at Waitrose and a line of pizza oven pellets at John Lewis.

What have UK supermarkets said?

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We have reviewed our product range and have decided to withdraw all 100% Russian sourced products from sale.

“This means that from today we will no longer sell two products – Russian Standard vodka and Karpayskiye black sunflower seeds.”

The John Lewis Partnership said: ‘We are working with our suppliers to review products containing components of Russian origin and will seek to mitigate further exposure to the region.

In a statement, the cooperative said: “In response to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces and as a sign of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, we have taken the decision to withdraw from sale the vodka made Russian.

“It will not be stored for the foreseeable future.”

While a Tesco spokesperson said it would not buy ‘products from wholly Russian-owned businesses’.

A version of this story originally appeared on our sister title, NationalWorld.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-06 13:02:10

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