‘Slovaks have a run-in with us’

Published on 27 March 2013 at 10:58

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Slovak and Czech authorities are running a “black PR campaign” against Polish food, says a government source quoted by the daily. They publicly stress that the quality of “an overwhelmingly large part” of Polish food is very low. A Czech chief hygiene inspector has even told a television programme, that he “wouldn’t buy Polish food” at all.

“Food exports have become a Polish speciality. In 2012, Poland's food product exports were worth €17bn, compared to €11.7bn in 2008,” explains the daily adding that “local [Czech and Slovak] manufacturers cannot cope with [the Polish] competition.” Consequently, only 42 per cent of food sold in Slovakia is being produced in this country.

The “food war” is going to be one of the main topics of Polish-Slovak consultations to be held today in Poprad, in Slovakia.

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