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A shopper said he was "very surprised" when asked if he was old enough to buy a sausage at the self-checkout in Tesco after a tech mix-up labelled the food as only for those over 18.

Fufu Fang, 30, said was "stopped at the self-service till" at a Tesco in Fulbourn, near Cambridge, because of what the supermarket giant called "a bit of a mix-up".

Tesco accidentally listed a 'saucisson sec', a dry-cured pork product, as 'secateurs', which, as a bladed item, meant potential buyers must prove their age.

"I was very surprised when I was asked if I was old enough to buy the sausage," he said.

The message on the screen at the self checkout stated he was buying 'saucisson secateurs', a gardening tool, and the entry was marked "Age approval required, minimum age 18".

"I did a double-take and thought, 'I hope I've bought the right kind of sausage'," Mr Fang said.

"It was very odd, and the shop assistant had to call the manager over – he thought it was a joke and I thought it was a prank.

"I guess they thought the sausage was a bladed object so they needed to check my age."

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Another shopper wrote a review of the product on Tesco's own website, saying: "Not secateurs."

The customer said it was "a shame" they had to produce age-appropriate ID in order to buy the product.

They added: "Please note Tesco, these are not secateurs.

"Do not attempt to cut your roses with this product, you will fail."

A Tesco spokeswoman said: "It looks like there's been a bit of a mix-up here.

"We're working to resolve this so that customers of all ages can purchase this delicious saucisson."

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