Study finds same food brands with different content in Czech Republic and Germany

A study by Prague’s University of Technology and Chemistry has found that the same branded foods and drinks in Germany and the Czech Republic often have a dramatically different composition. The study took 24 brands sold in the two countries and found around a third had a significantly different composition. Margarine in Germany had a 70 percent fat content whereas it was only 60% in the Czech Republic. Pepsi-Cola was sweetened with sugar in Germany and a syrup in the Czech Republic. And a brand of fish finger had seven percent less fish in the Czech Republic than Germany. Some producers said the different content was a response to different national tastes but the overwhelming impression was that costs were cut when selling to the Czech market.

Author: Chris Johnstone