“The apple on the left was served in Kaunas district. at the school, on the right – an apple from the Kazlų Rūda school.
In the 21st century, it is necessary to say out loud that children do not eat plastic, that children’s children and nature will not thank you for plastic. Just madness.
PS: and for taxpayers’ money”, – such a post on Facebook announced “Empty pocket farm”, while also publishing an eloquent photo.
Screenshot from Facebook/Sliced apple in plastic wrap
Commentators speculated why it is necessary to cut an apple and package it – after all, costs only increase, and plastic is tried to be used as little as possible these days.
“Apparently there was a specific weight in the bid condition for the district, and it’s impossible to ‘crack’ an individual apple to match 100 percent,” speculated one commenter.
Another said she saw a sliced apple placed not only in a bag, but also in a plastic plate, with a knife and fork.
Such have not been seen
15 minutes wondered if such cut and packed apples are really supplied in Kaunas and Kaunas district schools and who needs them?
As Dovilė Kaminskė, adviser to the head of the Education Department of the Kaunas City Municipality, answered to the editors, the administration of the Kaunas City Municipality buys apples centrally for pre-school and pre-school education institutions. As assured by the representative of the municipality, fresh, uncut and unwrapped apples reach them.
“Meeting services in schools are provided by private suppliers, but during work practice, we did not hear or see that cut apples packed in plastic packages reach educational institutions,” said D. Kaminskė.
Straight from Babti Gardens
How 15 minutes Žydra Narbutienė, the Kaunas district municipality specialist responsible for catering, said that under the fruit consumption promotion program, the Babtų Institute of Horticulture and Horticulture (Lithuanian Center for Agricultural and Forestry Sciences) has been centrally supplying apples to all schools in the Kaunas district for the second academic year.
“Apples are supplied on the basis of a short chain – directly from local Babti orchards, high-quality, NKP certified (meets national quality requirements), not cut and not processed in any way,” she emphasized.
According to the specialist, food products for Kaunas district schools, where canteens are maintained from the municipal budget, are purchased centrally.
The food product “sliced apples”, as she assured, was never included in the range of purchased food products, it is not included in any of the contracts for the supply of food products to educational institutions in the Kaunas district. Such apples are not used for organized meals, they are not included in prospective menus approved by schools.
Unless an exceptional case
According to Ž.Narbutienė, specialists of the Department of Culture, Education and Sports controlling the catering process did not notice cut apples in Kaunas district school canteens or food warehouses. There were no signals from the State Food and Veterinary Service that apples unsuitable for children’s nutrition or of poor quality were used in Kaunas district schools.
“If such a product was indeed served in any school in the Kaunas district, it could have been an exceptional case, possibly arising from the initiative of the school community (perhaps for a picnic or an excursion where there is no water, etc.).
However, even such a product – cut prepackaged apples – is not prohibited for feeding students, if it does not contain food additives prohibited in the description of the Children’s Feeding Procedure approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The label in the photo you sent does not contain any prohibited food additives,” she assured.
You can only ask to cut it
Since the editors were informed that the packets of sliced apples were possibly presented in one of the Garliava educational institutions, 15 minutes sent inquiries to several schools in Garliava.
Representatives of Garliavas Jonučiai pro-gymnasium in Kaunas district guaranteed that apples are served in their school without plastic or other packaging.
“The student can eat the whole apple or ask the teacher to cut it in half (if he wants to eat a smaller part of the apple). In this way, we avoid food waste.
The apples are obtained under the project “Encouraging the consumption of fruits and vegetables and dairy products in children’s educational institutions”, the school’s comment reads. 15 minutes.
Produced for more than 10 years
In the publicized photo of a cut apple on the package label, it can be seen that the product is supplied by one of the registered trademarks of UAB “Green Factory Baltic” – “Salpronė”. The company is located in Kaunas district, Babtui.
The activity of “Green Factory Baltic” is the production and wholesale of salad mixes and fresh vegetable semi-finished products.
“Sliced products, in this case apples, are one of our company’s products. The world is full of different cut and packaged vegetable and fruit products that you can find in stores.
A special type of apple is used, which maintains a longer shelf life.
PP plastic (polypropylene) is used to package products. This is a common packaging that is used in the food industry. I would also like to point out that PP plastic (polypropylene) is recycled, but PP film recycling is not carried out in Lithuania”, the fact that they really supply such a product to the market, 15 minutes acknowledged Edvinas Šlėvė, the representative of “Green Factory Baltic”.
According to him, the company has been producing this product for more than 10 years. It is ready to use immediately.
“After unpacking, the product does not need to be washed and the seeds thrown away. The company is a manufacturer and only supplies these and other goods to fruit and vegetable distributors or retailers,” explained E. Šlėvė.
Valid for a week
The product’s expiration date is also given on the package – one week. When asked how a cut apple does not change color for so long, does not start to spoil, the company representative provided an explanation.
“Yes, the apple is cut and good for a week. A special type of apple is used, which maintains a longer shelf life.
Green Factory Baltic does not deliver to schools.
I would like to point out that the product must be kept at a temperature of 1-4 degrees after being cut and packed,” said the company’s representative.
According to E. Šlėvė, “Green Factory Baltic” does not supply schools. The organization does not and has not participated in public procurements, so it cannot comment on why certain products were chosen.
When asked how it pays for the company to cut an apple, pack it in plastic, make labels, if it can be sold simply in its usual form, whether this does not significantly increase the price of an ordinary apple, E. Šlėvė answered: “In the cost structure of the products, the largest part is made up of labor force, equipment and other What is it. We do not know the selling price of the product to educational institutions.”
15 minutes verdict: missing context. Sliced apples are indeed produced and supplied to the market in Lithuania, but neither Kaunas city nor Kaunas district municipality has confirmed that they are sold or distributed to children in any school.
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