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Six out of seven shops sell mouldy strawberries

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Six out of seven shops sell mouldy strawberries

Supermarkets and discount chains apparently often sell strawberries that are rotten and moldy and shouldn’t be legally sold, the consumer magazine report “Market” from the NDR public television station reports.

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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.

DAPD/The Local/mw

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