European Grocery Chain, Lidl, Faces Backlash After Removing Crosses from Food Packaging

Lidl is facing a backlash after airbrushing out Christian symbols from a range of Greek foods.

The budget supermarket removed crosses from white and blue packaging that features the famous Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece.

Lidl says it wants to remain “religiously neutral” – but has offended some shoppers by doing so. The imagery features on its ‘Eridanous’ range, which includes olive oil, moussaka, yogurt, and gyros (kebab meat).

Customers have been airing their dismay at Lidl’s decision on the company’s UK Facebook page after the move was picked up by Keep Talking Greece , which covers Greek news in English. Mainly, the products in question are sold across Europe, though Christian radio station Premier says some of those have been sold in the UK.

Daniel Novak wrote: “I’m highly disappointed in a company that is bending over to cater to specific people. Why are you hiding from the history?

“We are all to learn from history, removing it with Photoshop will cause the same mistakes of the past to be done over and over again.”

And Daisy Matthews commented: “Why are you erasing the reality from a photo?

“If there were products from Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, or Muslim countries with their symbols depicted on there I wouldn’t have a problem buying them.

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