Probably only a few refrigerators in Czech households would not find butter, and usually in relatively large quantities. It is a food that we buy practically automatically and regularly. After all, it’s also one of those products where we always have an accurate overview of the price. That is also why its increases are so often discussed. Just about everyone knows how much butter normally costs or should cost. So it demonstrates the rising costs well.
It didn’t go well
At the same time, the Czech Republic often does not receive exactly the kind of butter that we would imagine and wish for. On the contrary, in recent months we have had cases where the Agrarian Chamber drew attention to the fact that years-old thawed butter from the state reserves of European countries is brought here. This is then sold here with great fanfare at a discount, but few realize that they are buying an inferior product and certainly not fresh butter, which has an expiration date within twenty days of production.
However, there are other complications with butter, after which you will quite possibly lose your appetite for this food and when you will look for all kinds of substitutes, which, however, are very difficult to find. The renowned German magazine Öko Test came up with unpleasant findings, which tested twenty butters on the local market, some of which also reach the Czech Republic. Unfortunately, 19 of the tested pieces contained an increased amount of mineral oils.
These are substances that have no business not only in butter, but in any food. Certain limits are set for them when they are still harmless, but in this case they were significantly exceeded. The problem is that compliance with these limits is still not enforced, which is also related to the fact that mineral oils still have an unclear status. Some studies claim that they accumulate in the body and are carcinogenic, but this has not been definitively confirmed.
Problematic butter packaging
To give an idea: in the European Union, mineral oils in food should not be present in an amount higher than 2 mg per kilogram. However, when it comes to the butters in the test, the proportion of these substances was even ten times higher, which is alarming.
There is no need to lie to yourself that this is a problem for butters on the German market. The assumption of how mineral oils get into butter is related to this, and it is quite universal. In part, it may be that grease leaks into the butter from the machines that are used to make it. However, these should be subject to strict controls and it is questionable whether this would cause such a widespread problem.
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A more likely explanation therefore appears to be the result of the used butter wrappers, which are waxed and can leak various substances from them. It is true that the longer the butter is in the package, the worse the situation will probably be. It is therefore ideal to consume it as soon as possible. By the way, this also results in the recommendation that people buy fresh butter that goes straight from the factory to the store and not butter that needs to be kept in freezers for years.