Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Council Minutes, 6 November 2017

FOOD QUALITY - Council Discussions: Outcome of the summit on 'Equal quality of products for all'

The following is an extract from the Minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held on the 6 November 2017:

The Czech and Slovak delegations informed the Council about the outcome of the summit entitled 'Equal quality of products for all', held on 13 October in Bratislava.

The meeting's objective was to seek options for a joint approach involving all relevant actors to the problem of dual quality of food, in order to achieve increased transparency and consumer trust.

Several ministers underlined the importance of the meeting and of its outcome, and shared the Czech and Slovak concerns about consumer trust and equality. The Commission illustrated the initiatives taken so far, in particular on promoting a constant dialogue with the industry and empowering national authorities to combat unfair commercial practices.

The issue of dual quality of foodstuffs had already been on the agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in March and July 2017.

For the previous news item on this topic with a link to a background paper, see: 25 October 2017 FOOD QUALITY - Outcomes of the Summit for Equal Quality of Products for All (Bratislava, 13 October 2017) - Information from the Slovak and Czech delegation

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