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January 8, 2014 10:02 am

Study: Israel Food Prices 25% Higher Than European Union

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A watermelon from Moshav Tsofit in Israel. Photo: Wikimedia Commons Food prices in Israel are 25 percent higher than in European Union nations, a new report by the Knesset Information and Research Center said.

The information presented to a Knesset subcommittee on food prices, suggests that over the past eight years, food prices in Israel have increased by 16%, compared to an average 1.8% increase among other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development members.

The price hike in Israel is twice as high as in Turkey, where prices rose by 8% over the same period of time and it is four times higher than the 4% hike noted in Belgium. Food prices in Israel are 32% higher than prices in France.

The report further warned of a possible 200% increase in produce prices, citing a shortage in fruits and vegetables due to extreme weather conditions and the beginning of shmita (the agricultural sabbatical year).

The subcommittee is currently preparing a bill meant to cut food prices. The bill aims to promote competition in the food and beverages industries, which are highly centralized.

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