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LONDON, Dec 13, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Where you shop for food can affect your health, says a study by a British consumer policy group.

The National Consumer Council rated Britain's nine leading supermarket chains on the nutritional content of foods, labeling, healthy eating promotions and customer advice, the BBC reported Monday.

The Waitrose chain made the top of the list, with Sainsbury's coming second.

Top supermarkets in the survey received points for the quality of their customer information and for removing snacks from checkouts.

The bottom three supermarkets in the survey -- Asda, Morrisons and Somerfield -- are all chains that focus on offering low prices, although Co-op, another discount chain, placed third in the survey.

"It's worrying that we found retailers with a high proportion of lower-income shoppers appearing to reinforce the health inequalities between rich and poor," said Deirdre Hutton, chairwoman of the National Consumer Council.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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