Agriculture Minister sets up working group on food ‘double standards’

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Agriculture Minister Petre Daea has announced on Friday that a working group has been set up – made up by representatives of the ministry, of the sanitary veterinary authority and of the consumers’ protection – to investigate the so-called ‘double standard’ on quality of foodstuff produced in Western Europe.

“Together with the colleagues from ANPC, ANSVSA we will investigate, if needed, the double standard situation. We should be balanced in our statements and pay attention to the market. A working group will be set up to find out if such situations are faced in Romania,” Minister Daea has said.

The decision comes amid controversies on the issue in other central European countries (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia).

On Thursday, it was announced that the leaders of four central European countries will meet next week to urge the EU to act against food companies which put inferior ingredients in branded products destined for sale in poorer member states, according to

The special summit will “call on the Commission to take legislative measures that would ban such practice … that humiliates people and creates two categories of people,” Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico told a news conference on Thursday.

Fico said leaders of the Visegrad Four countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – would discuss the issue in Warsaw.

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