Intolerance towards Religious Symbols on package.

October 11, 2017. The site of the Observatory on the Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe published 4 similar cases of exclusion of the Crosses from packages with the views of the Orthodox Churches.

August 31, 2017: In Belgium, the supermarket chain Lidl promotes its Greek ERIDANOUS products with images of the famous Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece, complete with its world-renowned blue dome roof. However, the packaging image has photoshopped out the crosses from the tops the orthodox churches. Lidl spokesman said “We are avoiding the use of religious symbols because we do not wish to exclude any religious beliefs,” and “We are a company that respects diversity and this is what explains the design of this packaging.” The company later apologized, “Our intention has never been to shock. We avoid the use of religious symbols on our packaging to maintain neutrality in all religions. If it has been perceived differently, we apologize to those who may have been shocked.”

September 04, 2017: The world’s largest food and beverage company Nestlé has removed the Christian cross from its Greek yogurt packaging depicting the famous blue-domed Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece. Supermarket brands Carrefour Lidl have used similar images.

September 15, 2017: After controversy over the Lidl supermarket group removing crosses from Santorini churches on the packaging of Greek foods, it appears that Lipton, a holding of the Unilever Group, also eliminated crosses from their packaging, including its Russian Earl Grey tea. The illustration is of an Orthodox church, but with the crosses removed from the domes.

October 11, 2017: In Germany Weideglück’s Greek Yoghurt packaging uses an image similar to those used by Nestlé. Carrefour, and Lidl, which depicts the famous blue dome of the Anastasis Church in Santorini, but with the cross removed.

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