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Mishiko’s anti-sanitary regime2011-07-27 20:58
Early in summer Georgian authorities provoked a flare-up in meat prices by establishing an artificial monopoly on the market with reference to introduction of more stringent norms in the run-up to the signature of a free trade agreement with the EU. Later it was found out that the agreement does not exist but somebody made a fortune on expensive meat. A new confirmation of indifference to sanitary norms was the research of the International Organization for Consumer Rights protection that revealed total insanitation on markets of the Georgian capital.
It took employees of the International organization for consumers' rights protection two months to check Tbilisi markets and wholesale stores. As they established, no point of sale complies with EU or Georgian norms.
According to Amiran Shengelia, head of the organization, all markets and wholesale stores violate norms of foodstuff storage: in violation to the norms food is kept under direct sun rays. The employees of the organization established that the assortment of spoiled goods daily sold to the population is wide: sweets, mayonnaise, honey, salamis are sometimes harmful to people's health. Foodstuffs were stored in poor sanitary conditions and many of them expired years ago. As a result, the consumers' rights defenders discovered sweets that expired in 2008-2010. Remarkably, this all happens in the capital of Georgia, under the nose of governmental officials that allegedly take care of people's lives forcing meat producers to transfer meat to monopolists and raising prices artificially. It's scary to think what goes on in other regions of the country.
The authorities of the Caucasian republic don't care about health of common Georgians. They think only about the money in their pockets paying no attention to formation of a civilized food market in Georgia thinking that dependence on imports makes people be satisfied with what they have. It is naïve to expect that recommendations of the consumer rights' organization on creation of conditions for food producers to be interested in quality of foodstuffs they sell will be heard.