FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2009
Poland: jailtime for selling fake croissants
The Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reports recent Auchan's problems with the Guild of Bakers and Confectioners from Poznań. Class46 previously mentioned the Commission Regulation 1070/2008 of 30 October 2008 entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications for ROGAL ŚWIĘTOMARCIŃSKI. Few days ago, the Auchan store located in Swadzim town, put a big banner saying "Welcome for Rogale Świętomarcińskie". Piotr Koperski, a senior from the Guild of Bakers and Confectioners, accused the hipermarket of illegal use of "patented name". Under the Polish law such actions are a subject to a fine or even the penalty of two years imprisonment. The next day, Dorota Patejko, a spokesman for Auchan, apologized:
Stupid thing. At this time, we erase the disputed word "marcińskie".
Tomasz Kayser, the vice president of Poznań City said:
The original is a guarantee of quality. Let us boldly ask bakers, whether they are certified. It may happen that instead of Rogal świętomarciński you get a roll with black poppyseeds. Although I do not support the forgery, it is a little flattering to me: after all the best brands are counterfeited worldwide.
Posted by: Tomasz Rychlicki @ 10.32