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Germany - Stink Over Toilet Freshener That Resembles Ukraine's Flag

Published on: August 14, 2013 06:32 PM
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German consumer goods company Henkel has pulled a toilet freshener from the eastern European market after Ukrainians complained it looked like their flag.<br />
Gleb Garanich / ReutersGermany - Household cleaning giant Henkel has pulled a toilet freshener from Eastern European markets after an uproar because the product closely resembles the Ukrainian flag.

A company spokesman said Wednesday that the colours for the Bref Duo Stick freshener were meant to resemble hygiene and citrus fragrance and had been chosen by mistake. “We did not intend to vilify Ukraine,” he told dpa by telephone from Duesseldorf.

A commercial for the product went viral online after being shown on Russian TV, which many Ukrainians watch. It shows the small sticker resembling Ukraine‘s blue and yellow flag being applied inside a toilet bowl, which is then flushed.

The spokesman, who did not disclose his name, said that the freshener had not yet been introduced to the Ukrainian market.

The incident comes only days after the US rock band Bloodhound Gang was banned from Ukraine and Russia after a band member had urinated on the Ukrainian flag and pulled the Russian one through his pants during a performance in Odessa.

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 Aug 14, 2013 at 07:31 PM Anonymous Says:

I so want to comment, but since it is almost Yamim Noraim I will restrain myself.


 Aug 14, 2013 at 09:10 PM Reb Yid Says:

I don't understand. If it makes the toilet smell better, how is that anti-Ukraine? I can see if the thing that made the toilet stink looked like the Ukrainian flag...


 Aug 14, 2013 at 09:12 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

A silly mistake. They should have known better.


 Aug 14, 2013 at 09:14 PM Asher Yotzar Says:

I enjoyed the article's title ... a great pun!


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