Fast food chain Aladin Foods OOD has accused the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) of extortion, while the Agency has insisted that the company fails to meet safety and hygiene standards.
The founder of the company, Aladin Harfan, claimed that the Agency had requested a monthly bribe of EUR 10 000 to leave the company alone.
After the payment had been refused, the Agency had conducted a series of checks at several of the company’s processing plants and the production process had been temporarily stopped, Harfan stated, as cited by the BGNES news agency....
Plamen Mollov, Chair of the BFSA, insisted that the accusations were manipulative.
Strange turn of phrase, not saying the accusations were "lies" or "totally untrue" or "without foundation",leads one to believe there is indeed truth in the accusations. Another point, if you have been asked for a bribe to "leave you alone" and you refuse and are subsequently "visited" would you not ensure that everything was perfect for the next visit?? The fact that the BFSA found such failures is in itself suspect to say the least. Corruption must be weeded out and dealt with and maybe the government could do no better that starting with this incident.
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