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Report: L. Simon denies ownership of his own company

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Ruling Fidesz party member László L. Simon said he does not own Hungarian winery L. Simon Borászat, Hungarian commercial channel RTL Klub reported yesterday evening.

However, on the official webpage of the winery, a photo of the politician is posted, and next to his name the word “owner” appears, written in Hungarian (pictured). Simon said that he knows very little about the company, as it is owned by his wife.

The company came under scrutiny after Hungarian economic weekly HVG said in a report that L. Simon Borászat offered a product alongside its wines, precisely a bag of apricot pits, which were described as having “anti-cancer, detoxifying, liver cleansing and sight improving” properties and that this product originates from an “organic farm”. There is, however, no medical proof to substantiate these claims. 

Hungarian online daily 444.hu reported that a few hours after HVG’s report appeared, the Hungarian National Food Safety Office (Nébih) launched an investigation, and the product disappeared from the companyʼs webshop.

Although the politician said he knows little about the company, he told RTL Klub that it did not sell a single bag of apricot pits, because the “special equipment” required to crack the pits was out of operation.

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