eastern europe


Preference Or Prejudice? Central Europeans Ask Why They Get Cheaper Ingredients

Via Morgan Childs for NPR


On food standards in Central and Eastern Europe…

The frozen fish sticks you’ll find in a Prague supermarket may be short on one key ingredient: fish.

And that’s not because the Czech Republic is landlocked.

For years, governments and consumer advocates have been decrying what they call lower quality standards for packaged food available in Central and Eastern Europe, as compared with identically branded items sold in Western European countries. Hop the train east from Berlin to Warsaw, and you may find that the same popular soft drink brand is made with artificial sweeteners, rather than real sugar; a carton of juice comes with an extra serving of stabilizers; and lunchmeat is produced with smaller quantities of actual meat.

Read on at The Salt.