European Union regulations are needed to eliminate the double standards of food products sold in western and eastern Europe, a government official said. Róbert Zsigó, the farm ministry’s state secretary for food chain supervision, noted that a 2018 European Commission review of 64 products found 20 products with quality discrepancies between the products sold in eastern and western Europe. Zsigó quoted the EC commissioner’s opinion on the results as saying that “double standards in food quality are not a myth”.
The EC’s Joint Research Centre in December 2018 expanded the review to involve 100 products from 19 countries, Zsigó said. “The farm ministry advises citizens to buy products grown and processed in Hungary until the EU regulates production in a satisfactory manner,” he said.
In March 2017, Hungarian food authority Nébih tested 68 comparable Hungarian and Austrian products, 18 of which showed minor differences. The national federation of food processors rejected in a statement at the time that the differences indicated discrimination against Hungarian consumers. Sensory tests yielded excellent results in both groups, they said.