Romania food labeling.
Romania yesterday urged the European Union to address the “double standards” used by food companies in selling different products under identical labels in the bloc’s eastern and western regions. The practice is legal in the EU as long as ingredients are clearly listed. But officials in ex-communist Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria have criticized several global food chains for using the loophole to sell what they say are inferior products in their countries. Romania’s Agriculture Minister Petre Daea told reporters yesterday a study showed that nine of 29 food products sold in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany “were different in Romania from the West.”