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2nd October, 2014

Audit wipes out value of inventory at state Tokaj wine producer

An independent audit has revealed large-scale irregularities at state-owned producer of Tokaj wine, Tokaj Kereskedohaz, Nepszabadsag writes.

Management ordered an investigation in the summer and suspended shipments of wine produced before 2013.

The investigation by a three-member panel found that a vast number of bottles produced before that period were mislabelled or contained ingredients other than what appeared on the label.

The adulteration of wine has been broad-based, Nepszabadsag writes, citing examples of how different vintages were mixed.

About half of the Ft 3 billion worth of wine stock held by Tokaj Kereskedohaz is affected, hence these products can now only be sold as lower quality wine at a lower cost.

Consumption of these wines poses no health risk, but some of them may not qualify as Tokaj wine due to the ingredients used. (N p.6)
2nd October, 2014

Tarlos opens BKV monitoring system

Mayor Istvan Tarlos yesterday opened the newly installed Futar traffic control and passenger information system, built for Budapest public transport at a cost of Ft 7 billion.

The system informs those waiting at bus and tram stops of when the next BKV vehicle can be expected to arrive.

Tarlos told reporters that the smart system relies on satellite supervision to monitor the entire public transport system and facilitates intervention in the event of traffic problems.

A total of 363 passenger information monitors have been installed in Budapest and a satellite indicating system has been built into more than 2,200 vehicles. (N p.4; MH p.3)
2nd October, 2014

Menzel directing Mozart opera

Czech film director Jiri Menzel is overseeing a production of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte at the state Opera house.

This is the sixth time that Menzel has directed an opera, and his first in Hungary.

The production opens on October 10. (Nsz p.5; mti.hu; hirado.hu)

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