More than 50 percent of Hungarians have experienced discrepancies in the quality of branded food products sold in western Europe and Hungary, according to a survey conducted by the National Food Chain Safety Office (Nébih).
Nébih’s survey was carried out in May and sampled 1,000 people. According to MTI, most discrepancies were found in confectionery products, dairy products and soft drinks.
What's more, 97 percent of the survey’s particpants saw a difference in western European products imported by Hungary, they were of inferior quality than identical products available in western Europe.
Exactly 80 percent said they expect food products sold internationally to contain the same ingredients everywhere and any discrepancy between identically-branded products to be made clear to consumers whenever this is not the case.
Hungary's farm ministry said the results of the survey supported the government’s related measures, noting that the government had turned to the European Commission over the issue of food quality.
The ministry noted that it had put together a draft legislation that would require food companies to disclose on packaging discrepancies between identically-branded products on different national markets. The EC is currently reviewing the proposal as it is the body legally authorized to act in the matter.