Snap of Tesco’s US food shelf sparks furious transatlantic row with Americans claiming they don’t eat hot dogs in jars – while Brits bemoan $12 Ribena on sale across the pond (22 Pics)

A furious transatlantic row has broken out a over what constitutes 'American food', prompted by a snap of the US food shelves in a branch of Tesco. 
In a Twitter post, Yasmine Summan, from Birmingham, shared a photograph of Tesco's US food aisle and wrote: 'Americans, I’m curious for your thoughts. This is our “American food aisle” in Tescos. Is this accurate to American food?'
And it wasn't long until those across the pond expressed their views - with many Americans outraged to find hot dogs in jars on the shelves.
'Never have seen these things in my entire life,' wrote one, while another penned: 'Hot dogs in a jar are an insult to American standards.' 
Yasmine Summan, from Birmingham, shared a photo of the US aisle in a British supermarket (pictured) which sparked a transatlantic debate
Yasmine Summan, from Birmingham, shared a photo of the US aisle in a British supermarket (pictured) which sparked a transatlantic debate
Another social media user then shared the UK aisle in an American supermarket - and Brits were shocked to see the extortionate prices
Another social media user then shared the UK aisle in an American supermarket - and Brits were shocked to see the extortionate prices
While Americans were shocked to discover hog dogs on display, Brits were stunned by the prices of UK products being sold across the pond
While Americans were shocked to discover hog dogs on display, Brits were stunned by the prices of UK products being sold across the pond
A third added: 'There are plenty of 100% beef hot dogs in the US and they’re kept in the refrigerated aisles. I’ve never seen hot dogs in a jar or left out like that,' while another said:
'The only recognisable items are the candy and Gatorade but calling that food would be a stretch. More like American Snacks/Candy?'
However, in the thread which has since received over 4, 300 comments, others were less concerned about the hot dogs when they noticed baking soda on display in the food section.
'Everyone notices the jar of hot dogs,' wrote one. 'No one notices that beloved American delicacy, baking soda.'
A second said: 'Do you guys really believe we eat baking soda as a snack? I’m gonna sound dumb for a second but why is the baking soda with American foods?' 
In the initial post, Yasmine penned: 'Americans, I’m curious for your thoughts. This is our “American food aisle” in Tescos. Is this accurate to American food'
In the initial post, Yasmine penned: 'Americans, I’m curious for your thoughts. This is our “American food aisle” in Tescos. Is this accurate to American food'
Others focused on what was missing from the US shelves - with many citing potato chips and ranch dressing
Others focused on what was missing from the US shelves - with many citing potato chips and ranch dressing
However, others decided to focus more on what foods were missing from the aisle rather than those that were there.
'This aisle needs American style barbecue sauce and ranch dressing (at least the dry packets you can mix up yourself), and more potato and tortilla chips. Salsa. Fried pork rinds maybe. And yes, no American eats hot dogs in a jar,' commented one.
While another pointed out: 'I don't see any potato chips, Fritos, Doritos.' 
But it wasn't long before a social media user waded in on the debate and shared the British food section in a US supermarket.
Yasmine shared further photos of the US food section in the UK Tesco store - with many picking up on the random placement of the baking soda
Yasmine shared further photos of the US food section in the UK Tesco store - with many picking up on the random placement of the baking soda 
Speaking of popular missing food items, an American commented: 'This aisle needs American style barbecue sauce and ranch dressing (at least the dry packets you can mix up yourself), and more potato and tortilla chips. Salsa'
Speaking of popular missing food items, an American commented: 'This aisle needs American style barbecue sauce and ranch dressing (at least the dry packets you can mix up yourself), and more potato and tortilla chips. Salsa'
'I think we do a much better job with the “British food aisle” than you do with the American,' wrote one, before sharing rows of shelves filled with goods. 
'I just sent this to some British coworkers I’ll see in a few weeks and said “what do you want?” This is only four photos, it went on for meters.'  
But the topic of conversation quickly turned to the extortionate prices on display. 
'$4 for a packet of digestive biscuits!' exclaimed one Brit, while another commented: 'It upsets me every time that Ribena costs $12.' 
Another said: '$2.49 for a can of beans? The poor Americans having to pay those extortionate prices for some beany goodness,' while a fourth simply added: 'OMG the prices.'
Stunned by price of 'UK' products, one wrote: '$4 for a packet of digestive biscuits!' while another said: 'It upsets me every time that Ribena costs $12'
Stunned by price of 'UK' products, one wrote: '$4 for a packet of digestive biscuits!' while another said: 'It upsets me every time that Ribena costs $12'
It's not the first time this kind of row has broken out.  
Previously, an image shared by Redditor Emailrob, a British man living in the US, showed Union flag-emblazoned products sold under a 'United Kingdom favorites' banner in an American supermarket. 
Baffled Brits questioned the contents of the display, which was largely made up of shortbread biscuits, vodka, and giant chocolate bars.
It prompted one Reddit user to question the retailer's interpretation of UK-inspired foods with the sarcastic retort: 'We sure do love alcohol and shortbread - a glorious representation of the UK.'
Also on display were packs of chocolate Munchies, bags of Bounty bars and shortbread biscuits in boxes shaped like cars. 
A US supermarket's British food display (pictured) has left people from the UK scratching their heads
A US supermarket's British food display (pictured) has left people from the UK scratching their heads
One amused social media user shared a photo inside their local Morrisons store and commented on the fact the Irish section was placed in the world foods area
One amused social media user shared a photo inside their local Morrisons store and commented on the fact the Irish section was placed in the world foods area
The post is similar to another shared on the site, in which a holidaymaker in Denmark spotted a British foods section in the world foods aisle.
It showed the shelves stacked with Bovril, OXO cubes, Branston Pickle, Tyrrell's crisps, Bird's Custard powder, Yorkshire and Ty-phoo tea bags and McVities Hobnobs and Digestive biscuits.
The food was placed in the 'United Kingdom' section in the supermarket, with a sign adorned with photos of a full English breakfast and the Union Flag.
The photo caused a stir on the Casual UK message board, with users expressing both pride and shame in Britain's culinary exports.
One person said: 'When I see pictures of the UK aisle in foreign supermarkets, I understand why people judge our cuisine.' 
Meanwhile taking to Twitter, another commented on the Irish food section in their local Morrisons store.
'Absolute disgrace not stocking Lyons as well as Barry's but fantastic biscuit selection,' one social media user penned.
Another, who posted a different image, was amused by the fact their local Irish display was placed in the wonderfully exotic 'world foods area.' 
Another shared the US section at a store in Germany and amusingly penned: 'Note: poptarts, Swiss Miss, syrup. Basically, Diabetes'
Another shared the US section at a store in Germany and amusingly penned: 'Note: poptarts, Swiss Miss, syrup. Basically, Diabetes'
This picture shows what the 'American food' section looks like in New Zealand - and it once again focuses on pop tarts
This picture shows what the 'American food' section looks like in New Zealand - and it once again focuses on pop tarts 
An image of the 'British foods' section at a Walmart in Vancouver Canada. One person commented: 'Imagine travelling half way round the world and then buying some jelly tots and malted milk biscuits'
An image of the 'British foods' section at a Walmart in Vancouver Canada. One person commented: 'Imagine travelling half way round the world and then buying some jelly tots and malted milk biscuits'
Snap of Tesco’s US food shelf sparks furious transatlantic row with Americans claiming they don’t eat hot dogs in jars – while Brits bemoan $12 Ribena on sale across the pond (22 Pics) Snap of Tesco’s US food shelf sparks furious transatlantic row with Americans claiming they don’t eat hot dogs in jars – while Brits bemoan $12 Ribena on sale across the pond (22 Pics) Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 07:51 Rating: 5

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