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Poland: Fruit and vegetables inspected in supermarket chains

Christian Fernsby |
The President of UOKiK in Poland Tomasz Chróstny ordered, on 12 February 2020, that additional inspections be conducted at stores belonging to large commercial chains in order to verify whether the fruit and vegetables offered there are labeled correctly.

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The Trade Inspection Authority is checking, all over Poland, whether commercial chains correctly inform about the country of origin of such products as, inter alia, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers or apples.

“Practices that mislead consumers are absolutely unacceptable.

“I will not tolerate them as the President of UOKiK.

“Before making their shopping decisions, Polish families should be provided with comprehensive and reliable information about the products they intend to purchase.

“If they try to make sure that only Polish fruit and vegetables make it onto their tables, they should not have any doubts that the produce they buy originate from Poland,” says Tomasz Chróstny, President of UOKiK.

“Over the coming months, we will be publishing, on a regular basis, information identifying those chains in which the most serious irregularities related to country of origin labeling have been discovered.

“We expect large, professional economic operators to display particular diligence while caring for consumers.

“This includes providing correct information about the products they offer as well,” adds Tomasz Chróstny, President of UOKiK.

Irregularities have been identified at 37 locations (37.8 percent).

The following chains were affected the most: Delikatesy Centrum (36.1 per cent of lots inspected did not have any displayed misleading information about their country of origin), Intermarche (15.6 percent), Stokrotka (13.9 percent), Kaufland (10.7 percent), Lidl (8.9 percent), Carrefour (8.7 percent), Dino (8.3 percent) and Biedronka (8 percent).

The inspectors did not find any irregularities at stores operated by Aldi, Auchan and E.Leclerc.

Between 12 and 27 February 2020, the Trade Inspection Authority controlled 98 stores belonging to 16 different supermarket chains.

The inspectors verified the labeling of 1,256 lots of fruit and vegetables.

Those products were controlled that are associated with the highest risk of their country of origin being indicated mistakenly, i.e. tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, onions, garlic, carrots and apples.

161 product lots (12.8 percent) were questioned, with 125 lots (10 percent) missing any information about the country or origin or misleadingly identifying Poland as the country of origin.

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