Aldi is one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK and is one the first big supermarkets to introduce a new ‘tick-proof’ packaging.
The packaging is designed to reduce the spread of Lyme disease, which is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a tick-borne bacteria that has been found to be a significant cause of illness in a number of people with the tick-like tick-infection.
The company’s packaging, which was released in July, has been praised for its ‘tough packaging’ that can withstand being opened and sealed with a damp cloth.
The new packaging is a response to the outbreak of the tick, which has been blamed on the ‘mad dog’ in the food industry, who has been spreading the disease in Britain.
However, experts say the packaging’s effectiveness will depend on whether the ‘barking’ and ‘biting’ behaviour of the ticks that are commonly found in Britain is eradicated, according to BBC News.
‘The first thing I’d do is try to find a tick that has escaped from an infected animal and I’d then go to the store and see if it’s still there,’ Dr Sarah Smith, from the University of Exeter’s Lyme Disease Centre, told the BBC.
‘If it’s a black rat, then it’s probably not a good sign.
‘I’d look for a small rat or a grey rat.
If it’s brown, it’s definitely not a tick and if it has a white or red stripe it probably is.’
Dr Smith also told the programme that it’s important to take precautions to protect yourself from ticks that have been introduced to the UK.
‘People are being bitten by these ticks and their bodies aren’t responding, and that’s what we’re concerned about,’ she said.
‘You need to be aware of the symptoms of Lyme, which are achy joints and swollen lymph nodes, and you need to make sure you don’t let these things get to you.
‘We also know that these ticks are highly contagious and the more people you introduce them to, the higher the chance of them getting to you and transmitting the infection to others.’
While some people have reported that the tick bites themselves, Dr Smith said the more severe the bite the more serious it can be.
‘So if you’re a person with severe arthritis, it could be very painful, or if you have arthritis or arthritis-related illnesses, you could also be allergic to the tick,’ she added.
The BBC spoke to aldi’s chief executive of sales and marketing, Rob Young, about the new packaging and what to do if you are a consumer that is concerned about tick-related illness.
‘It’s not a perfect solution but it’s better than nothing,’ he said.
What you need know about tick bites What you should know about Lyme disease Before you buy a product that is labelled ‘tickproof’ or ‘toughened’ What you do if your body is infected with Lyme disease What you can do if it comes into contact with your skin What you know about ticks What you shouldn’t do if tick bites occur How to prevent Lyme disease tick bites are usually a fairly mild infection, meaning that people are unlikely to become infected with the bacteria in the first place.
However the tick bite is an incredibly serious and potentially life-threatening condition that can lead to a range of symptoms, including: swelling in the legs, feet and back