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East Europeans take issue with being sold inferior food products

Politicians are playing up consumer grievances as a wave of nationalism sweeps the Continent

Food producers and industry analysts say that it is common for ingredients to differ from country to country, sometimes to favour local producers, sometimes to appease local tastes.

Bratislava, Slovakia

WHEN Simona Budinska, a 31-year-old public relations specialist, had trouble finding lactose-free products at her local grocery, she and her husband began driving across the border to Austria, where the stores were teeming with choices.

But it was not the...

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