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Apr 03, 2017

Hungary says EU should take legal action to stop food discrimination

“The EU should take legal action to ensure that the same product can be purchased at the exact same level of quality in Austria, Germany and Hungary," said Róbert Zsigó, state secretary for food chain supervision

The Hungarian government has said that it expects the EU to "take legal action in the interests of changing practices that result in differences in food quality."

Experts examined and tested the quality, contents and labelling of 96 pairs of products distributed in Hungary and abroad (84 foods, 7 beers and 5 pet foods), and has discovered discrepancies in 71 cases.

According to government officials, the study proves that it is often the case that the same product is distributed in Hungary in worse quality than in Western Europe.

MTI reports that according to current food law, the European Union regards differences in content as lawful within its common market, provided those differences are marked on product labelling.

However, according to the Hungarian government the phenomenon may be lawful, but it is also most definitely unfair towards Hungarian consumers.

“The EU should take legal action to ensure that the same product can be purchased at the exact same level of quality in Austria, Germany and Hungary," said Róbert Zsigó, state secretary for food chain supervision.