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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!