Your fruits and vegetables are likely to weigh less at home than in the supermarket. there is an explanation

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“Is it my imagination or is this bread smaller?” That question crossed my mind a few months ago, when supermarkets carried out a general increase in prices on many of their items with a few exceptions. The bread that I had in my hands was one of them, it cost the same as always but it seemed shrunk, and possibly it was, although I had no way of checking it because it was one of those pieces that are bought per unit and at a fixed price, without specify weight. Was it sneaking up on me? This is what many Spaniards have asked themselves in recent months, without us having reached a clear conclusion.

This meat weighs less. Although the debate has intensified in recent weeks as a result of a tweet that went viral from a Mercadona customer who weighed a portion of Iberian pork at home. The package specified that the piece of meat weighed 264 grams, while the scale marked 209 grams, as explained in DAP.

That first tweet He made many other customers weigh other packaged products and with the specified weight, and several also pointed out that the figure marked on their scales did not correspond to the one printed on the packaging, which sparked speculation about Mercadona’s deception. Is the supermarket lying to us? It depends.

About what? Also on Twitter, the doctor in Food Science and Technology and disseminator Miguel Ángel Lurueña has explained in a thread that this difference in weights does not necessarily have to do with Mercadona’s mischievous intentions, but is usually rather a technological issue.

The scientist points out that, first of all, the packaging process can slightly modify the product by causing water or moisture loss, and, although the specified weight should be the one recorded by the product after being packed, there are times when these losses can occur without the supermarket noticing. Therefore, it would not be a deliberate action.

Another important factor that must be taken into account in this matter of weights is that the scales are not completely accurate and become uncalibrated with use, so the difference in grams between one and the other may be a consequence of that lack of precision. . In fact, so much so that the law contemplates a margin of tolerance for these possible differences. Lurueña, however, stresses that it is difficult for a supermarket scale to malfunction, because they are checked periodically, but it is perfectly possible for a domestic scale to be inaccurate.

Does this explain everything? No, because the promoter points out that, even taking into account the possible loss of liquid and the tolerance margin due to the lack of precision of the scales, the difference of 55 grams in a product that barely exceeds 250 grams is still excessive.

But the promoter also explains that supermarkets do not have to risk this type of stratagem, which is illegal, when there are already regulatory gaps that allow them to apply reductionist techniques without breaking the law.

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Which? According to denounced the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) in June, some brands then began to reduce the amount of product in their food packages, specifying the new weight on the packaging, but maintaining the old design, and on some occasions even the size of the package. package, and without notifying consumers of this decrease.

The law provides that the information must be specified on the package, which these goods complied with, so the change was perfectly legal, but many users, who did not notice differences in the packaging, did not notice, because it is not usual to look in the specific weight of each thing that we buy in the supermarket.

The OCU then denounced that, despite the fact that these brands (Pastas Gallo, Danone, Pescanova, Colacao, Tulipán and Campofrío) complied with the law, they were carrying out reprehensible practices, because they did not offer the user clear and transparent information on the decrease of the amount of product marketed. The consumer organization pointed out that until that moment they had identified that at least 7% of the usual products in the shopping basket had suffered reduction.

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“Is it my imagination or is this bread smaller?” That question crossed my mind a few months ago, when supermarkets…

“Is it my imagination or is this bread smaller?” That question crossed my mind a few months ago, when supermarkets…

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