Inspections find food price speculation in Bulgaria – report

Inspections of shops in Bulgaria have found food price speculation, Bulgarian National Television said on February 21, a week after state bodies began checks.

Breaches were found in almost every shop, according to the Consumer Protection Commission, the report said.

The report said that so far, 200 checks had been carried out. Inspectors found 90 types of unfair commercial practices, the report said.

The inspections, being carried out by the Consumer Protection Commission, Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and the National Revenue Agency, are to continue.

The report said that the most common violations are fictitious promotions, insufficient quantities during promotions, discrepancy between the price on the shelf and that actually paid at the cash register, promotions of the “buy two – get one free” type, weight discrepancies, and products that are described as organic or eco or produced in Bulgaria, but in fact are not organic or not produced in Bulgaria.

The report quoted the Consumer Protection Commission’s Angel Dzhalev as saying that there was almost no shop that had been checked in which a violation was not found.

Dzhalev said that people went a long way to buy a product that they saw a product advertised at a very favourable price “but when they didn’t find it, they bought everything else, regardless of the price”.

In Bulgaria, there have been numerous posts on social networks showing prices of food products much higher, in equivalent terms, than the same products in other, better-off, European Union countries.

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