I'm sure you're familiar with the list of foods that price controlled in this country - for better or for worse, certain products have maximum prices set by the government.
The list includes breads, milk, cheeses, eggs, salt, and more. If you regularly buy these products, it may save you money to buy the "price controlled" version. Usually other non-price controlled versions are sold, as well. Check and decide what works best for your family.
I wanted to let you all know thaton Oct 1, VAT went down 1%, from 18% to 17%, so the legal maximum prices have been updated to reflect that change.
The price listed is the MAXIMUM price for the specified item - in theory, a store can discount it further, if they want to.
If a store is selling price controlled items for a higher price, they are in violation of the law. You can (and should) report these violations!
Here are the items that are supervised, and the maximum price to consumers:
(The prices shown below are for the entire country, excluding Eilat. Eilat is exempt from VAT, so prices there will be lower.)
Lechem Achid (I believe this is about 65% whole grain) - 750g loaf, 5.07 (was 5.11)
White bread, 750g loaf, 5.07 (was 5.11)
Challah or yeast cake, 500g, 5.11 (was 5.15) (don't ask me what kind of yeast cake this is referring to, I have no idea!)
Lechem Achid, sliced and packaged, 750g, 7.02 (was 7.08)
White bread, sliced and packaged, 500g, 6.24 (was 6.29)
Regular Kitchen Salt, Fine Kitchen Salt, Fine Table Salt, and Coarse Table salt, 1 kg, 2.07, (was 2.09)
3% milk, 1 liter, bag, 5.11 (was 5.15)
1% milk, 1 liter, bag, 4.76 (was 4.80)
3% milk, 1 liter, carton, 5.90 (was 5.95)
1% milk, 1 liter, carton, 5.55 (was 5.60)
Eshel, 4.5% fat, 200ml, 1.59 (was 1.60)
Gil, 3% fat, 200ml, 1.44 (was 1.45)
Sour Cream, 15% fat, 200ml, 2.28 (was 2.30)
Sweet Cream, 38% fat, 250ml, 6.20 (was 6.25)
Butter, regular, 100g, 3.92 (was 3.95)
Emek Cheese (at the cheese counter), per kg, 42.93 (was 43.30)
Gilboa Cheese (at the cheese counter), per kg, 40.80 (was 41.14)
Gvinah Levana (white cheese), 5% fat, 250g, 4.80 (was 4.85) XL eggs, regular, 1 dozen, 13.10 (was 13.20)
L eggs, regular, 1 dozen, 12.00 (was 12.10)
M eggs, regular, 1 dozen, 11.10 (was 11.20)
Do you ever see stores overcharging? Have you ever made a report to the supervisory board?