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The cost of Lurpak butter is emerging as the new flashpoint in Britain’s cost-of-living crisis, requiring security tags in stores and spawning a controversy that has placed its owner, Arla Foods, on the defensive.

“We understand that recent inflation in food prices is hitting many households really hard,” an Arla spokesperson said by e-mail after the dairy firm’s Lurpak brand got lambasted on social media in recent days...

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