Last summer a scandal broke out after it was discovered that popular Leibnitz cookies sold in Poland, which were advertised as “buttery”, actually contained very unhealthy hydrogenated palm oil. By comparison, in the country they come from.
A scandal erupted last summer after it was discovered that popular Leibnitz cookies sold in Poland advertised as “buttery” actually contain very unhealthy hydrogenated palm oil. By comparison, in their country of origin, Germany, there is no palm oil and instead there is healthy butter.
Why such discrepancies? The company explains the specificity of the Polish market. In order to keep the price low and attractive for the average customer, it was necessary to modify the product composition.
Now it turns out that this was not an isolated case. As euractiv.pl reports, Hungarian and Slovakian food safety authorities have recently carried out detailed checks on food products, especially in German Lidl and Aldi stores. The results were striking.
More than half of the products had a different composition than their counterparts in Germany or Austria. The products were not only different in content, but also in weight, size, taste and texture. Some were less crunchy, while others were sweeter. Only Milka chocolates were identical in all EU countries.
Despite the fact that all quality parameters of the products, including meat, fat and protein content, were very carefully monitored, the European Commission considered the results of the research to be unfounded, and furthermore pointed out that multinational companies have the right to modify their products in given countries.
Different compositions of well-known products in Europe. Photo: Morningside.blogspot.com.
Everyone has known for a long time that Poland, the Czech Republic or Hungary are doomed to “fake” original products, although it was impossible to confirm it. The myths that in Poland washing powders or fabric softeners are of lower quality than in Germany have already become a fact.
Second-rate products are coming to Central and Eastern Europe. This is evidenced by fruits such as bananas or oranges, whose appearance and taste leave much to be desired compared to what we can get in Germany or Austria.
The Polish government, in agreement with the Visegrad Group countries (V4), is considering suspending imports of food products of lower quality than their equivalents sold in the same packaging in other countries, unless the European Commission takes more decisive action in this matter.
Beata Szydło, the Polish Prime Minister, has announced that she will not allow ordinary citizens to be disadvantaged in this regard, and will do everything possible to ensure that they can buy products of the same quality as those offered in stores in Western Europe, especially as they are often much more expensive in Poland.
Let us hope that the EU authorities will stop turning a blind eye to this large-scale international scandal and will finally show that all countries belonging to the Community and their citizens are equal before each other and should not be cheated by money-obsessed corporations.