Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2016

Council of the EU - Minutes, 17 May 2016

FOOD QUALITY – Council discussions: Dual quality of foodstuffs on the EU common market

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council Meeting on 17 May 2016:

The Czech delegation raised the issue of food sold in the common market of the European Union under the same trademark but presenting differences in its content and quality in individual Member States (8754/16). It also asked the Commission to consider initiatives that would put an end to these practices. The Commission said it would examine the subject and invited member states to share evidence of such practices.

The issue of dual quality of foodstuffs was recently discussed at the meeting of agriculture ministers of the extended Visegrad group countries, held in Prague on 29 April 2016. On that occasion, participants voiced the need to find a solution at European level with the clear objective of protecting consumers.

For a copy of the Council paper on this subject (8754/16) available on this site, see: Dual quality of foodstuffs on the EU common market − Information from the Czech delegation

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