A Tesco branch was forced to throw away food following the power cut in Wirral last week.

Its Heswall branch confirmed on Facebook that stock would be low for certain refrigerated items as they became unfit for human consumption.

The blackout happened in the early hours of Thursday morning, June 10 with large parts of West Wirral losing power for six hours as ScottishPower blamed a fault with some underground cables.

Gareth Lloyd who is the manager at the Tesco store in Heswall posted on Facebook last week: "Hi all,

"I am the store manager of the Tesco in Heswall and just wanted to give you an update following last night's power cut in the local area.

"Unfortunately we have had to dispose of a large quantity of our fresh and frozen foods which had become high temperature overnight and was no longer fit for sale.

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"Please bear with us over the next couple of days as we will be trading with a significantly reduced range but hope by Sunday / Monday to be back to full availability.

"I trust you will understand this was completely out of our control."

Following the announcement, some questioned why the food could not have been donated, but Tesco, like other supermarkets, work under strict rules regarding food hygiene and safety.

It appears in this case, due to the blackout, the items would have been deemed unsafe to sell - but often these items are sent on to become animal feed.

In usual circumstances, reductions - sometimes know as yellow stickers - are often placed on food due to go out of date soon as a way of stopping food waste.

And charities such as FareShare are told about a surplus of foods at supermarkets so they can pick them up to help create meals for people in crisis.

It is understood that Tesco in Heswall also works closely with local food banks to make donations of dry goods and tins.

The Heswall Tesco wasn't the only store affected, the Heswall M&S also had to dispose of a large amount of food.

A statement from the team said: "Good Afternoon to all…Just a message from the leadership team here at HESWALL M&S.

"As you are aware if you are local to the store we did suffer a power cut last night into the early hours of this morning.

"With regret this did mean a very large proportion of our chilled stock had to be destroyed. This could not be donated to charities or food banks as the food was unfit for human consumption.

"We do however remain to donate all food suitable for donations every evening inline with our current process.

"You may notice if you have visited the store today we are suffering some extreme availability issues. We are working round the clock to ensure that this is rectified as soon as possible.

"We have huge deliveries planned in from today through tomorrow and the weekend with the hope that the store will become back to normal in the coming few days. Please bear this in mind when shopping with us over the next few days.

"We can’t thank everyone enough for the support and understanding you have shown."