Apparently, the fact that "Maxima" is selling poisonous dishes was only discovered in Estonia. Last autumn the authorities did not allow "Maxima" to sell these dishes, but inspectors didn't find them while checking "Maxima" storehouses. The solution, apparently, was to move them to Estonia and then, after the inspection is over, bring them back to Lithuania and sell them with a discount. Moving the cups around the Baltic states and selling them in smaller, more distant shops has enabled "Maxima" to avoid responsibility, at least until now.
Earlier this month an investigation on some VAT fraud has shown that the enterprise involved in the crime was established by "Maxima" co-owners. The "Maxima" chain, owned by the VP group, has went unpunished for years, as it has good connections and is now a "national investor", participating in the Leo LT energy project. The chain is known for exploiting its employees, selling sub-standard goods and violating anti-dumping laws in Latvia. To improve its public image, the chain has started selling ecological and exotic goods, difficult to get elsewhere.
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