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Products from former East Germany dazzle in quality test

AFP · 9 Nov 2009, 12:01

Published: 09 Nov 2009 12:01 GMT+01:00

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The magazine tested 27 different products against others from the western half of the country with mostly positive results.

“Fifteen products are very good, six products good. These results really speak for themselves,” editor in chief Jürgen Stellpflug said in a statement.

The tested grocery products included bread, cake mix, barley malt coffee, Spreewald gherkins, and sparkling wine. The magazine tested for harmful substances such as acrylamide.

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Only four products were less than impressive. Three received a ranking of “adequate,” and one failed the test to receive an “inadequate” mark. The Frishli brand strawberry quark contained too much aroma, fat and sugar, the magazine said.

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14:19 November 9, 2009 by Portnoy
Rich American goes to East Berlin and orders a Trabi. Pays double.

A month goes by and a car shows up in front of his mansion.

"Those East Germans are amazing!" he tells his friend, "Car production is a bit behind so they sent me a plastic prototype!"
16:23 November 23, 2009 by Hibernicus
Pre-89, every month when the GI's in W Berlin got their pay in cash dollars, convoys of military trucks would come across through Checkpoint Charlie and head for Alexander Platz to the big "Centrum" supermarket there. As soon as the store opened they were in to clean out the stocks of GDR furniture and bedding and anything else that took their fancy. Camera shops nearby were also cleaned out. They then returned to W Berlin with their "loot". So much for the "Evil Empire".

If you were living in East Berlin and didn't get up early enough those Saturday mornings, you would be disappointed if you tried to shop in Centrum - empty shelves. Of course, empty shelves was a favourite propaganda slur against the GDR by West German television - but they never said who emptied them!
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