[ Director: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano X

quarta-feira, 5 de julho de 2017

Eastern Europeans bite back over ‘food apartheid’

Customers shopping in a Bulgarian supermarket.
[Circlephoto/ Shutterstock]

While Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has slammed the practice as “food apartheid”, Czech Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka declared in late February that the east was tired of being “Europe’s garbage can”.
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Borissov accuses EU of ‘apartheid’ over lower quality food in Eastern Europe

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Saturday (27 May) called an extraordinary cabinet meeting over two issues, one of them being the practice of big companies to market the same brands of products with big differences in quality between Eastern and Western Europe.
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Recent government-backed studies in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic indicated that many items sold with identical packaging were of superior quality in richer neighbouring European Union countries.
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Lower quality of same food brands in Eastern Europe raises eyebrows


Big companies are selling better food in Austria than they sell in Hungary, even though the brands are supposed to be the same, the Hungarian government said yesterday (16 February).
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The findings prompted Bulgaria last month to carry out its own tests.

A team of chemists in Sofia spent the last few weeks diligently measuring, filtering and analysing samples of popular items like butter, cheese, sausages, chocolate, baby puree and soft drinks.

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