Soviet Union: Flunking a Taste Test

Flunking a Taste Test

The spirit of glasnost is infusing the Soviet press, and its new, muckraking style of journalism already has some officials up a tree. When the weekly Literaturnaya Gazeta published a report last year that meat producers were breaking the law by putting protein additives and other impurities in their sausage, the paper was promptly sued by a group of Moscow meatpackers, who demanded a retraction.

LitGaz not only stood by the story but also took its case directly to a jury of sausage savants at the Fauna Cat Lovers Club in Dzerzhinsky, where the editors conducted a random taste test with...

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