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Survey shows dearth of fresh bread on shelves

Only about one-fifth of bread in Hungarian shops was baked on the same day it was put on the shelf, a recent survey by Hungary's Consumer Protection Agency (FVF) shows.

The three-month nationwide survey of 600 products from more than 200 producers also showed that 16% of bread failed to meet quality requirements, mainly because of the quality of flour used.

About 8% of bread was found to weigh less than the amount displayed on the attached label or packaging, 26% contained more than the recommended amount of salt and 41% failed to meet other technical requirements. Only 3% of producers used no additives in their bread. (Mti-Eco)