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Israeli peppers infiltrate Lebanon

Shopper spots bag containing three kinds of peppers with word 'Israel' printed on sale tag in large retail store in Sidon. Case referred to the military judiciary for investigation

Roi Kais
Published: 01.03.13, 15:46 / Israel Business

VIDEO – A shopper the coastal Lebanese city of Sidon discovered peppers made in Israel in one of Lebanon's largest retail stores, the Daily Star newspaper reported Tuesday.


The bag containing three kinds of peppers had the word "Israel" printed on the sale tag, the report said.


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The shopper, who preferred to remain anonymous, immediately contacted local authorities who in turn contacted the Lebanese Army. Members of military intelligence and police arrived at the Spinneys store to discover 13 similar bags that have the word “Israel” printed on the sale tag.


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According to the report, police also noticed that the international barcode for the items was scratched with a blue pen and a new code was handwritten on the bag.


The case was referred to the military judiciary for investigation into how the Israeli products made it through the customs department at the port or airport.


A similar incident took place at Spinneys almost 10 years ago when shoppers discovered mugs made in Israel being sold at the retailer.


In July, Lebanon's Al-Akhbar online newspaper reported that the Lebanese market hosts a wide variety of medical equipment originating in Israel.


According to the report, the boycotted products make their way into the Lebanese market disguised as imports from the US, Europe, and Dubai. They are marketed through reputable local distributors authorized by Lebanon's health ministry.


The issue was said to be under investigation and scrutiny of the Campaign to Boycott Israel Supporters in Lebanon, which found that the Lebanese market has been "invaded" by four such Israeli companies.



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