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Mental health Halloween costumes removed from shelves after protest

LONDON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- British retailers Asda and Tesco have pulled their mental health patient and psycho ward Halloween costumes from shelves, the companies said.

Asda, which is owned by Walmart, was selling a white jacket spattered with blood and a fake meat cleaver.

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Tesco's costume included an orange jumpsuit and a machete.

The move comes after mental health advocates complained, The Financial Times reported.

"Asda and Tesco have shown themselves to be extremely misguided," said Sue Baker, director of Time to Change, a mental health group. "It is staggeringly offensive to the one in four of us affected by mental health problems and our families and friends."

Both companies have issued apologies, the Times said.

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