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Six out of seven shops sell mouldy strawberries

The Local · 3 Jun 2012, 13:05

Published: 03 Jun 2012 13:05 GMT+02:00

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In a show to be broadcast on Monday, NDR public broadcaster said that its investigation showed that six out of seven tested stores were selling mouldy fruit.

“These goods should not be marketed,” said Heinrich Stevens from the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, which analysed the strawberries for the station.

The show tested strawberries that were labeled First Class in stores from Edeka, Rewe, Penny, Lidl, Real, Famila and Sky. The tests were conducted all over Germany.

Only strawberries sold by Famila were deemed edible, though many berries from the samples were clearly second class and not first class fruit, the agriculture office said.

Berries from six other stores already had mold on them.

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14:16 June 3, 2012 by smart2012
To get good fruit in Munich either u go to galeria k or to small Turkish shops, where however it is bloody expensive. So not surprised of this article
16:30 June 3, 2012 by levil
This is very true, our local Rewe is the worst for "fresh" foods.
18:30 June 3, 2012 by Dayzee
My local supermarket wants 3,4 and sometimes 5 Euros for a small 125 gramm portion of berries. The ones that do not get bought, go bad and have to be thrown away. If they would only combine a few containers so that we got a good size of berries and there would be no waste and loss. It is a shame the amount of food that gets thrown away because it is so expensive for such a small portion.
18:58 June 3, 2012 by smart2012
Chango, i have a similar idea: give tax benefits to all supermarket chains that buy fruit from south Europe instead of Turkey/North Africa/Latin America
21:36 June 3, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
I for one cannot understand why we have food imported from outside the EU that we have an abundance within the EU. Going to the supermarkets I mainly find Garlic from China, yet Spain has an absolute abundance of it. Banana from south america when the Canary Islands produce plenty. Oranges from Argentina when we also have lots from southern European countries. We have free trade within the EU and have a Euro crisis so why is the EU importing products we don't need? A simple tarif on food products from outside the EU and subsidising food produced within would ensure fresher more local produce being a cost effective alternative.
23:09 June 3, 2012 by smart2012
Berlin für Alles: yes u are perfectly correct. But our politician?
11:36 June 4, 2012 by taiwanluthiers
I guess you get what you pay for... I mean stuff at discounters are so cheap so they have to cut corners somewhere. I guess that's why most Germans who makes a bit more money buy stuff from markets where the stuff is fresher but more expensive.
16:43 June 5, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
Got to pay all those taxes somehow, someway... Expensive gas ensures expensive transportation costs and ensures Italian produce gets plowed under in Italy and not sold in England.

Expensive social welfare ensures we buy bananas from someone country's (France? England? Dutch?) former colony in South America and not Canary Isles.

I think I will move to Florida in the USA: sun, sand, and fresh strawberries for 1 Euro a Kilo.
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