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Greek ban refillable olive oil containers from tables
« on: April 06, 2018, 01:17:45 pm »
A bit of extra olive oil in your Greek salad?  You will have to pay extra for it. Around one euro. As of 1. January 2018, refillable oil containers available to consumers at food offering facilities will be banned and replaced by non-refillable containers or small bottles.

The measure was proposed to the Finance Ministry by the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (GSEBEE) in order to allegedly ensure the quality of offered olive oil and to better protect consumers.

In real Greek food life, the the food industry will charge consumers with a little extra, estimated one euro per non-reusable oil container or small bottle. The Finance Ministry will pocket its little extra as well as 24% of the one euro is Value Added Tax.

Fines of 500 euros will be imposed to those who will violate the new regulation and keep offering oil in the old containers that can be refilled.


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Re: Greek ban refillable olive oil containers from tables
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2018, 09:14:20 pm »
Thought this was either an April the 6th joke or fake news, but looks like its genuine. Some government departments in Greece need to find a little more important things to worry about ::)
Like nobody would dream of topping up a branded product bottle with something else.(Local oil would probably be better anyway  ;) )

Sounds to me that the large oil producers are lobbying government and  just trying to corner another market opportunity by promoting their product using quality and hygiene arguments as a lever.
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