Dual quality of foodstuffs – meeting of the Visegrad Group

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 r.

In Bratislava, at the head office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic, on 30 May 2017 a meeting of the Visegrad Group countries and Bulgaria and Slovenia was held on the dual quality of foodstuffs.

Photo. Meeting of the Visegrad Group countries and Bulgaria and Slovenia

Photo. Meeting of the Visegrad Group countries and Bulgaria and Slovenia

The meeting was attended by Secretary of State Jacek Bogucki. The Deputy Minister was accompanied by Magdalena Świderska, Deputy Chief Inspector of Agricultural and Food Quality.

Slovakia, along with the Czech Republic, raised the issue of the diverse quality of food offered in the markets of the European Union Member States. The argument put forward applies to the lower quality of foodstuffs offered in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe when compared to the quality of the same products in Western Europe.

Some Visegrad Group countries and Bulgaria and Slovenia are currently carrying out pilot studies comparing the quality of selected products offered in various countries under the same brand name. Slovakia proposes to make the European Commission more interested in the phenomenon of the dual quality of foodstuffs.

Secretary of State Jacek Bogucki pointed out that Poland supported all actions aimed at eliminating unfair market practices and protecting the interests of consumers. He also highlighted the complexity of the problem of the dual quality and a need to exchange information in the field of the quality of food between the European Union Member States and the European Commission.

The issues of the food quality and safety have already been the subject of meetings of the Visegrad Group and European Union countries.