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Luxusgut Gemüse

October 18th, 2016 | Tagged , | 9 Comments | 1915 reads

In der japanischen Haushaltskost spielen nicht etwa Fleisch oder Fisch die grösste Rolle, sondern Gemüse. Ohne geht’s hier einfach nicht. Und da in Japan fast nur in Japan angebautes Gemüse ver- und gekauft wird, sind die Preise – verglichen mit Deutschland zum Beispiel – relativ teuer. Der Preisanstieg, den man momentan jedoch sieht, macht selbst Restaurant- und Supermarktbesitzer sprachlos. Denn der September war ziemlich verregnet, aufgrund von verschiedenen Taifunen gab es vielerorts schwere Unwetter, und es mangelte an Sonnenschein. Das Resultat: Eine beispiellos schlechte Ernte in vielen Gebieten nördlich von Tokyo. Damit steigen die Gemüsepreise ordentlich an – für viele Sorten bezahlt man zur Zeit nicht selten das Doppelte. Neulich postete ein Bekannter passend zum Thema ein Photo aus einem Supermarkt in Sendai, in dem ein Salatkohlkopf mal eben stolze 8,50 Euro kostete.

 

Herkunft Price 2016* Price 2015** Steigerung
Radish Hokkaido 1,89 € 1,70 € 11 %
Carrots Hokkaido 3,41 € 1,61 € 111 %
Blattspinat Gunma 14,2 € 8,07 € 76 %
Gurken Saitama 7,20 € 4,17 € 73 %
Paprika Ibaraki 8,18 € 6,32 € 30 %
Potatoes Hokkaido 2,37 € 1,90 € 25 %

* Höchstpreis beim Großhandel in Tsukiji pro Kilogramm in der zweiten Oktoberwoche
** Preise im gleichen Zeitraum im Vorjahr

Nach Tageskurs vom 17. October 2016 (114 Yen = 1 Euro)

Möhrchen gefällig? 1 Euro 50 bitte!

Möhrchen gefällig? 1 Euro 50 Please!

Angeblich soll aber alles bald wieder besser werden, da das Wetter sich ja auch zum Oktober hin verbesserte. But the fact is, dass diese Preise für einkommensschwache Familien mit Kindern, aber auch für Restaurantbesitzer, ein ordentliches Problem darstellen.

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The love salt or how healthy Japanese cuisine?

December 15th, 2015 | Tagged , | 3 Comments | 2042 reads

So the fight against too much sugar and fat is now following the global fight against the salt, the bringing more and more with hypertension and vascular disease in conjunction. The beginning makes once again New York, since the beginning of this month committed to Restaurants, to provide particularly salty dishes with a warning sign¹.

If you talk with the Japanese, for example, on the German cuisine, you can hear a comment more often: Is The German cuisine Salty shoppai – salty. If you hear it often enough, one begins gradually even to believe, but on closer inspection are Central Europeans, even Americans, the salt consumption compared to Japanese orphans. For sure,de, depending largely on the person – Just take pretzel sticks or Kassler or frits – but it happened to me several times at Japan, I felt oversalted a dish just as completely. My two favorites are there negative Tsurashio salmon Karashio Shake – with a lot of salt preserved salmon – and Konowata Konowata – salted Seegurkeninnereien. The latter preparation is quite simple: You take 100 Gram Guts, 30 Grams of salt and then something called Kōji rice malt, so that the mass can ferment beautiful. Also squid & Co are like so prepared and then included gladly times over 5% Salt.

Stockfisch in Tohoku: Mögen sie ihren Fisch leicht oder stark versalzen?

Stockfisch in Tohoku: Let them lightly or heavily salted their fish?

About the per capita consumption of salt, there are various details, but Japan appeared in all statistics at the top on: While in Germany an average of probably less than 5 Gram increases itself, are there in Japan more than 10 Gram. Here, the North-South divide is interesting: So you love it especially in Tohoku (= Northeast) like salty, where it holds an average 27 Grams per day to be². This is… a very large amount. From various sources: A spicy miso soup is pretty salty, as grilled fish, pickled vegetables and of course, soy sauce (7%) – everything a Sebstverständlichkeit while eating in the Tohoku region. Recommended by the WHO, incidentally, 2 Grams per day.

Seen here you can safely clean up with the prejudice, German cuisine is salty. Das kann man in Japan besser. And much better.

¹ See for example here (English)
² See here: WHO – Sodium Intakes Around The World (English)

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Bierrevolution im Anzug

May 12th, 2015 | Tagged | 9 Comments | 2151 reads

Seit Dezember 2014 ist es schon im Gespräch: Die Abschaffung der lächerlichen Regeln zur Besteuerung von Bier, beziehungsweise das jahrelang anhaltende Katz- und Mausspiel der Getränkehersteller mit dem Staat zu Lasten der Verbraucher.

Hernach werden 350 Milliliter Bier mit 77 Yen, also rund 55 Cent, besteuert. Das ist viel, und so erfanden die Getränkehersteller den sogenannten Happōshu – ein Getränk mit Biergeschmack, das aufgrund der Nähe zum Bier mit 47 Yen ebenfalls recht hoch besteuert wird. Als nächstes folgte 第3のビール – “Bier dritter Klasse”, das noch weiter davon entfernt ist, den Namen Bier zu verdienen. Jenes wird mit 28 Yen besteuert. Aufgrund dieser albernen Situation griffen also immer mehr Leute zum Bier dritter Klasse, denn bei der Besteuerung ist Bier wirklich ziemlich teuer. Das will man nun ändern, indem man die Steuer für Bier zweiter und dritter Klasse anhebt und – hears, hears! – die Steuer für “echtes” Beer (wobei selbst jenes häufig drittklassig schmeckt) senken will. Im Gespräch sind momentan 55 Yen pro 350 Milliliter. Die Folgen dürften klar sein: Warum soll dann noch jemand zweit- oder drittklassiges Bier trinken? Viele Marken werden entsprechend verschwinden.

Heute stellten die Politiker jedoch fest, dass es da ja auch noch die sogenannten チューハイ Chūhai are – billiger Fusel mit Sprudel und irgendwelchen Aromazusatzstoffen mit 1 to 9% Alkoholgehalt. Auch diese werden mit 28 Yen besteuert. Entsprechend wichen viele Verbraucher auf die Ersatzdröhnung aus. Why 2 Euro für eine Dose Bier mit nur 5% shell out, wenn man sich schon für einen Euro die gleiche Menge mit 7 or 9% Alkoholgehalt die Kollegen schön saufen kann?

Das Ende vom Lied wird sein, dass ab 2016 Bier eine kleine Renaissance erleben dürfte. Doch letztendlich handelt es sich nur um eine ganz profane Methode, Steuern zu erhöhen. For sure,de, Bier selbst wird etwas billiger. Aber es bleibt für nicht wenige Menschen zu teuer. Und der Rest wird eben einfach mal teurer. Wahrscheinlich werden dann noch mehr zu härteren Sorten greifen, die noch recht milde besteuert werden. Aber vielleicht steigt ja somit wenigstens die Qualität der angebotenen Getränke.

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Edelbäcker

June 17th, 2014 | Tagged , , | 5 Comments | 11739 reads

Bäckerei Tokutarō

Bäckerei Tokutarō

One could think, it is a new trend – but that is not quite as: Bakeries, many of them downright precious Bakeries, has been around a long time in Japan, for these are also here to appreciate good bread. Or, let's say: Gutes Backwerk. The fact that there are many bakers, not long to say, that there is also good bread. From sandwiches too, of course, because there really is as good as not.

In my previous place of residence there was in a nearby residential area of ​​an older couple, that of pastime ran a bakery. With tiny terrace, fit to a small table and two chairs. The sales room was at most 5 m² gross, and there were shelves on all sides, fit up to three people simultaneously purely. Despite everything, they managed to both, dort ca. 10 Breads and around 20 Produce varieties with biscuit-like things. And who came too late, looked into the void. The bakery was doing really well: Sometimes there was rye bread, and filled with cream cheese and dried tomatoes, always freshly baked breads were also highly recommended.

In my current area as far as I can make out three acceptable baker. One did me with this name already in: “Bakery (sic!) Tokutarō”. Unfortunately, the baked goods could not compete fully with the illustrious name – sure, all war geniessbar, but not necessarily mind-boggling.

It should be mentioned, that most Japanese do not think of bread in Germany, but rather to France, Italy suppose England. And Pastries – apart from the tunnel times – Germany is equal to completely ruled. There are all sorts, depending on the pastry very fine things, but a vile Butter Streusel, Bee sting or pound cake, etc.. One looks in vain. In Germany I was earlier this clear, Why this is so: Most Japanese can not elicit kotatsu with German cakes and pies German so right behind the. Will hot: As a German you can of course quickly mock about, that as a German “Bakery” put up bakery will offer nothing quite Deutsches, unless, it is just before Christmas. But the solution is easy now times. It would not sell.

And so remain things like poppy seed cake, Rhubarb- and gooseberry pie, etc. in the distance (Poppy I've seen here ever, but fresh rhubarb or even gooseberries have never). But as they say: Something is always.

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Japan in international food comparison. With sample.

January 19th, 2014 | Tagged | 8 Comments | 2472 reads

Oxfam, the well-known non-profit organization from England, which is independent relief and development dedicated, published in the past week an interesting study. This was investigated, as for the inhabitants of a total of 125 Countries in terms of access to good (ie adequate) Food looks. Were examined primarily the following factors:

  1. Affordability
  2. Sufficient food
  3. Obesity and diabetes
  4. Food grade

In second place 1 landed the Netherlands, followed by France and Switzerland. Interestingly, almost all countries in the top 20 European. Japan, however, ended up relegated to space 21, and shares space one with the U.S.. This is surprising at first sight. So let's look at the individual factors in (see here): For sure,de, enough to eat, there are both in Europe and in Japan and the USA – highest score ie for all. With the affordability it already looks differentiated from: Germany is in the second group – the food is in the U.S., the Netherlands, France etc. “affordable”. Another group is located deeper Japan – in a group with Nepal, Russia and South Africa. When it comes to the quality, are in most European countries in the top group – and so did the United States. Japan jedoch, and this is interesting (though not really surprising), is only in the second group. In terms of obesity and diabetes Japan scores, however,: The top two groups (ie: low obesity) , almost exclusively African and South Asian countries. Exceptions in the second group, only the Netherlands, France and Japan. Germany is cut off in the fourth group and the U.S. in the fifth.

Mayonnaise - Yakisoba

Mayonnaise – Yakisoba

The results can I confirm with my small experience quite like this. For sure,de, Japanese cuisine is quite healthy. However Nahrunsmittel in Japan really expensive (especially good food), and the quality leaves something to be in many cases left: The food laws are relatively lax, and it is gemanscht and worked with additives where it gets. Serve with a find from the local convenience store, I discovered only yesterday: Yakisoba (actually: gebratene Nudeln. In this case, however, just instant noodles with yakisoba flavor). Are these,, respectively, there has been, hundreds of varieties. This here 鬼 マヨ called 焼きそば – “Teufelsmayonnaise-Yakisoba”, with the subtitle “If one has tilted too much mayonnaise on the instant noodles”. English slogan: “Too much surprise”. The pack weighs 136 Gram (you are pouring boiling water on them and the later from). Calories: 721. That's a whole lot, not to say “too much surprise”. Of expense: 1.50 Euro. Affordability: Given. Sufficient? Certainly. Food grade: Lausig (hundreds of additives, and certainly terribly unhealthy). Obesity? With daily consumption guarantees. Only idiots buy something. Und Yakisoba-Fans. Of course, purely from research purposes, I bought a pack immediately – that will probably be my lunch on Monday. But honestly: More than once a week I would not want to hurt me.

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All cheese

November 12th, 2013 | Tagged | 21 Comments | 16205 reads

Recently appeared on Rocketnews24, Although no reliable source of knowledge, However, sometimes quite entertaining, a list called 10 things Japan gets horribly wrong. Ranked number 3, and rightly, I think, Cheese. And, Cheese. Each, loves the cheese, and prolonged live in Japan, weiss, what I mean. When I see the cheese shelves in local supermarkets, I want every time my favorite permanent residence visa snatch them out of the pass and drive to the airport. The cheese shelves are not necessarily small, but what's inside stored, is crap only: Japanese mozzarella, for example,, with “the consistency of tofu. You will not even notice, that it is cheese!” (Self-promotion). And, great, why then the third? As you can but as well buy tofu – which is a lot cheaper. Or “Smart Cheese” (Proper name), which is not only cheese, but at the same time healthy. Smart Cheese? Would be even nicer, if my cheese is smarter than me! And reasonable cheese, well-measured, is finally also not unhealthy… Or? About 90% its, what is sold here on cheese, is in any way verschandelter crap, tastes like nothing and is not even tried, to imitate the right consistency. Hartkäse? As it looks ever quite bad. With luck, there are 60-gram chunks for the price of 2 Euro. Or, if you want to let it rip right times, Assortments with tiny chunks of this and that for good 10 Euro. If you are really lucky, there are even times 160-gram packet of high quality Gouda, Mozzarella Cheddar oder… from Australia. Is clear! When it comes to Japanese cheese, is as good as anything from Meiji, Koiwa, Takanashi. Lately, however, there are more and more small dairies, our allem auf Hokkaido, market their own products as exclusively. And I do not know, why, but especially the gourd-shaped Cheese it seems to have done the Japanese. At least the cheese looks like – the taste is of course unfortunately mostly very, very mild. The same applies to raclette cheese: There are now some Japanese varieties, but most of which are unfortunately only bland. Andersrum told: This here is the cheese Disneyland.

After all, it looks better with cheese than before 15 Years – at that time it was really hard, to arrive at good cheese. Today, it is somewhat easier, yes especially since you can now also order online cheese. Who would, however, have really good cheese, should with prices around 8 Euro pro 100 Expect grams. And: Harzer I have not seen here. That will have his reasons. If Japanese find, establish that German as a cheese, would be determined quickly with the friendship.

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What is so pure in itself stuffs

February 4th, 2013 | Tagged | 9 Comments | 991 reads

Lecker Schinken. Oder?

Delicious ham. Or?

In terms of food industry are likely Japan and Germany (and America etc.) does not take much: It is simply amazing, to read the ingredient list on such simple products such as ham or bread. Clear, can be in Japan for 250 Yen a 200-gram pack of ham from a major manufacturer buy. But it is interesting, For example, if one buys the ham into strips shape and then fry: There is not much left, and the, what remains, tastes… kinda weird. A quick glance at the ingredients reveals the following then: The ham contains:

Spareribs,Mizuame (Japanese liquid sugar from rice and malt), vegetable proteins, Salt, Egg Protein, Dextrose,Animal fats, Fermentation Extract, Sodium phosphate, Amino acids, Antioxidant (Vitamin C), Dye (Nitrite), Carmine (Some ingredients include milk and soybeans).

Gee! You might have to write down even to, how much meat is actually contained. 70% ? 50%? 30%? Probably this is to say not so easy anymore.

Eindrucksvolle Zutatenliste: Brot

Impressive list of ingredients: Bread

Well yes, for example ham tastes good with bread. Times looked nimble on bread: In many supermarkets, you can choose, whether bread baked on site (a pack will cost good 2 Euro) or “Standardbrot” wants to buy for half. Content list of baked bread on site: Very Short. Usually two, three ingredients. Contents list at “Standardbrot” (almost everything from baking giant Yamazaki):

Wheat flour, Monosaccharide, Vegetable fats, Brothefe, Margarine, Salt, Milch, Yeast, Skimmed milk powder, Cheese, Whey powder, Emulsion amplifier, Acidity regulator (Sodium), Xanthan, Hefebeiprodukte, Sweeteners, Flavor enhancer, Vitamin C (Some ingredients contain milk products, Wheat and soybeans)

Not bad, for disdainful bread! Note the three types of sugar! Na dann, Meal!

This reminds me of a former English student - a food inspector, The company mainly had certified in Eastern Europe, so that they can import into the EU. She was a real capacity in their territory and came around much. At some point, she looked at me very seriously at times and told me: “Just buy anything in cans. Neither, if there are only passionate tomatoes. I do not want to go into details – trust me”.

For completeness, the content lists in Japanese:

Ham:

Pork, reduced starch syrup, salt, vegetable protein, egg protein, glucose, edible animal fats, fermented extract, phosphate(In), Seasoning(Amino acids, etc.), Acidified to prevent 剤(Vitamin C), Coloring agents(Na nitrite)Dye, carminic acid,(Raw materials the の one に milk, soy the を containing む)

Bread:

Wheat flour, sugars, plant oils and fats, Ailuropoda ン 発 leaven フ ァ ッ Suites ス プ レ ッ ド, eat the salt, milk, leaven 発 kinds, powdered skim milk, ナ チ ュ Getting Hikaru チ ー ズ, whey ミ Neko Getting Hikaru, emulsification 剤, Health acid Na, paste (キ サ ン Tatari ン), イ ー su Suites フ ー ド, Amami material, spices, VC

 

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For the very special Japanese

January 30th, 2013 | Tagged , , | 13 Comments | 1246 reads

Raizin - der Energy Drink nur für Japaner!

Raizin – The energy drink for Japanese!

On most days, I do not waste the least thought of it, that I am a foreigner here. Japanese mittlerweilen sounds like a native language, and that everything is written in Japanese and Japanese are all around me – normal. Logical, after several years in the country. And yet there are those moments now and then, where I found here a lot just absurd. This today has been the large-scale advertising campaign of a new energy drink with almost ridiculous name “Raizin”. That seems to brew a collaboration between Natural Lawson and Newdays, zwei Convenience Store-Ketten, emerged to be.

The slogans in the tracks are crisp:

Ru Agee thing is, it measures to boost the economy of most of you.
The best remedy, stimulate the economy, is to put you back on track.

Well, the ongoing since perceived eternity, bad economy excuse this statement always. But it has higher goals:

Ru Agee this country, Energy Drink.
The Energy Drink, This brings the country to speed.

Oho, the whole country, it should be! And why not. But wait, there's not there already this gummy sparkling water from Australia? Oh no, Austria, of course,! The hoof it but also for many years through the distant Japan Istan. Could not it also?

Energy drink in the same Western, Japanese or Ru Aga really?
(Do you really, that) A Western Energy Drink Japan can aufpeppeln?

Oh! And, no, I have not had the… The special physiognomy of the Japanese (9 Finger, black hair and so) and the special, certainly 40- or multi-strand DNA of the Japanese is certainly immune to magic drinks, are brewed by some contentious mountain peoples in distant Europe. Otherwise would be to simply. Since virtually everyone could indeed come! Was, the Red Bull recipe actually comes from a Thai and the Japanese see it somehow… But in no case! Have you ever eaten Thai rice? That is soooo bad as Japanese rice, So the two peoples you really can not compare now!

It has of course other arguments, and you also need, by Red Bull not to mention by name must:

Energy Drink with sweet, So I'm Aga, wishful thinking is thrown away.
Come with a sweet energy drink in drive? These reckless thoughts now You can discard!

(Attention word game – “amai” is sweet and at the same time “careless”.)

Would thus proving once again: Japanese people are very special! Even the shampoo manufacturers know this for a long time and advertise shampoo, it was made for the delicate hair of Japanese women. Etc.. There are numerous examples.

So, and now just “Japanese” or “Japan” in the above sentences with “German” or “Swiss” or “Austrian” and replace it again, read. Sounds kind of crazy, or? Welcome to the land of 120 Millions of very special people!

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Eurohops

November 13th, 2012 | Tagged , | 7 Comments | 1259 reads

Nomen est omen? Eurohops. Only in Japan!

The name sounds suspiciously. Euro. Hops. Especially for a drink, that it may be only in Japan or may: A “Beer” third-class. In memory: Japan's strange beer tax ensures, that very same potion is excessively expensive. For a small tin (330 ml) drinkable beer you pay in the store usually 200 Yen and more (so good 2 Euro). For a “Beer” second-class, 発泡酒 Happōshu – literally: Bubble alcohol you pay “only” nor the 150 Yen. The reason for the lower control is the use of “else” Ingredients, the beer to “Unbier” will be. This is done since the 1990s. The state was certainly not lazy and invented a different tax, of course this Unbier 2. Class to be taxed separately. So the thought of something new breweries (seit ca. 2007): Third beer “Third(klassig)it beer”. That may not be produced on malt, and it must be “other spirits” contain the alcohol content in order to achieve. The price: to 100 Yen pro Dose. And headache, if you drink too much of it (have not tried).

This whole story is, of course, utter nonsense: It is a cat-- and-mouse game, draws in which only one of the shorter: The alcohol Gourmet aka Consumer. But it is now time. And there appeared so suddenly, the name “Eurohops” on. A “third-rate beer” – for about. 75 Yen the can. “Brewed in the home country of the beer (ahem, ahem!!!) Belgium”. It says so on the box anyway. Without mentioning the name of the brewery in Belgium. The most ashamed of the brew? So just a little bit of research, and behold: Eurohops comes from Palm brewery (Palm Breweries), a large Belgian brewery. And it's interesting to see again, how capitalism works: Although imported and developed obviously only for Japan, Eurohops is even cheaper, I mean cheaper, than Japanese counterparts.

Whether it tastes? Well, it is edible. But what you should do in no case, is the following: A real beer (For example, Suntory Premium Malts, in my opinion the best beer in Japan, Microbreweries of course apart, or Ebisu) and then a drink Eurohops. Bad Idea. Very bad idea!

After all, has a visit to the website of Palm Breweries something worthwhile. That should enable the funniest age in the global network to be: palm.be/en.

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The Ansch *** lurks everywhere

June 26th, 2012 | Tagged | 7 Comments | 870 reads

Well, Marketing We had only recently, But one must still yet.

In my station to stand around all corners of vending machines: large and small, ancient and modern and medieval. The Star Trek Slot we had ever, But today is about the middle-aged. They're also pretty clunky and run under Windows XP. How do I know? Once the system seemed to have crashed. Normally, the screen shows any silly, grinning coffee cup, But that day was only the default interface of Windows XP, see. Unfortunately, I had no keyboard here…
The machine has it all, what you can imagine: cold and hot coffee, Maissuppe, Lemon-Ginger Shower, Cappuccino and what I know everything. In large pots. In small cups. You can set, how much sugar in your coffee is and how much coffee. Whether a lid on the cup, or should not. Whether one likes it rather lukewarm. All of this is image-rich on the screen illustrated. If you order a hot coffee, The procedure takes 45 Seconds (is counted down on a separate display). Meanwile a video, to show the, what is happening inside: Beans purely, grind, a powder of pure, nor a pure powder, hot water on it, whisk – beep, beep, beep! Ready! Für 150 Yen holds a hot one, Freshly ground and yet somehow after tasting drink instant coffee in the hands.

Strawberry milk with trace elements: Traces of strawberries!

For the little ones there is even “Ichigo milk”. Was, it falls short of the Japanese and / or French? Ichigo = Erdbeere. milk – with milk. Strawberry Milk. Really? You look closer. Aha, The drink is made with strawberries Amaou ®! Amaou ® invention is a diligent marketing experts and stands for Akai (red), MArui (about), Theokii (large) and Umai = yummy. To be on the safe side, is clearly still there: Amaou ® is a registered trademark, and who can forget the ®, will forever burn in hell or have the whole agricultural organization on the heels of Japan, yes! Amaou ®-Erdbeeren (weia, almost forgot the ®) come from Fukuoka, are red, look like normal strawberries taste and after, hold fast to you!, Strawberries! In the supermarket they cost as much as… exactly, Strawberries!
Want a closer look at the label on the machine and looked almost dropped the coffee: In the strawberry milk, because it is clearly, are 0.3% Fruit juice! ZERO-POINT-THREE percent! Since one has to put into the right stuff!
Of course, I immediately see the process in my mind's eye: The apprentice is mixed in a huge tub of water with a little milk (perhaps from Fukushima!?) together and then calls the chemist in his corner smoking: “Sorcerer, The last ingredient!”. And since he is already, with the pipette, drips and drops of drops of Amaou ® soup in the tub. Another quick E120 (Carmine, understanding of real Kermes scale insects ™,) to, and finished the strawberry milk for the little ones!
I would have preferred, when there “does not contain fruit juice” would have been. 0.3%. Those are staggering 3 Grams to a liter! I can hardly imagine, that producers Amaou ® name for only 0.3% allowed to use. Determines there is an extra fee for using the trademark flowing. But what the heck – who is so stupid and read the fine print!

And the moral of the story: The food industry is of course not in Japan without. Only one is still much less sensitized than in Germany - most people do not care, what really happened. And that's probably better that way…

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