Supermarket chains in Ukraine are often required by local authorities to pack fruits and vegetables in disposable bags before selling them, even though such packaging does not have proven effectiveness in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
“Due to the decision of local authorities, many stores pack fruits and vegetables in disposable bags every day, despite not being forced to do so at state level. In this packaging, fruits and vegetables deteriorate faster, and a more favorable environment is created for viruses,” said the European Business Association.
It is worth noting that according to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, fruit is an unsuitable environment for the survival of the virus, and so far there is no data on the transmission of the virus through fruits. They must be washed thoroughly, but this is a standard recommendation.
“Thus, the decisions of individual cities are leading to an increase in waste, with the consequent environmental impact. It is also leading to a rise in the price of products due to additional costs for materials and handling,” says Kristina Linichenko, head of the European Business Association.
Experts consider it necessary to allow the sale of unpacked (weighted) vegetables and fruits by sellers or buyers through self-service, subject to basic safety recommendations.