Dual quality of products

AGRI, single market

Following studies proving the dual quality of products distributed in the single market under the same brand and with seemingly identical packaging, mainly in Central and Eastern Europe, the European Commission issued a notice on the application of EU food and consumer protection laws to address the issue in September 2017. An example of this unacceptable practice is the fish sticks of a famous brand that contain less fish in the product sold in CZ compared to the same product sold in Germany. The European Parliament's committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) prepared a report to reflect the Parliament's position, its concerns and its priorities on this important and sensitive topic. 

Mr. Telička tabled four amendments on the Opinion of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) to the IMCO report. One of them - and quite a substantial one - inviting manufacturers to consider including a logo on the packaging that would indicate that the content and quality of the same brand is the same across Member States was adopted and became part of the IMCO report on Dual Quality of Products in the Single Market on 13th September 2018. 

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