Study: Dual food quality is an issue in the entire EU, not just in the East

The European Commission analysed 1,400 food samples in 19 EU countries.

(Source: Sme)

Central Europe has been vocal about the dual quality food standards within the EU single market for a few years now. The European Commission has recently published the results of the testing campaign in its study, which included 128 products from 19 countries.

Read also:Slovaks keep eating lower-quality food Read more 

A third of the products analysed had different ingredients but were packed in identical or similar packages.

However, the study did not confirm the claim that dual quality food is a problem only in central and south-eastern EU member states.

“I am happy that they found no evidence of an East-West divide in the ingredients of branded food products,” said Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, as quoted in the EC's press release.

Navracsics is also responsible for the Joint Research Centre, which carried out the study between November and December 2018. Besides, the EU has introduced a common methodology for the testing of food products, which all national authorities can now use.

No geographical pattern

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: European Union

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

News digest: High-profile arrests and discussion on reopening schools continues

PM Matovič proposes pilot testing for schools. Slovakia will have the very first Slovak ambassador to the EU.

PM Igor Matovič has stepped into the debate about opening the schools for older children.

Another former police president reportedly charged in a corruption case

NAKA charged eight former high-ranking police, SIS and Financial Administration officials.

Milan Lučanský

Matovič could have made comments about the US rather than Mongolia

I am proud of what has been achieved in Slovakia, says Billy Altansukh.

Older children will not return to schools before Christmas

PM Igor Matovič still wants some pupils to return, he proposed a pilot testing plan.

The school in Trebišov.