A new directive was announced by the European Commission on Wednesday which spells the end of dual quality in numerous international brand foods and other products across different EU countries. The quality of ingredients in some brand name items was for years inferior in parts of the former communist bloc. Prague and other newer EU members have long pressed for legislation threatening companies continuing the practice with stiff fines.
Consumers in the Czech Republic and other parts of the former Eastern Bloc look like getting positive news this week with EU officials due to put forward new guidelines against dual standards in food and other products. A Czech MEP says that while only a first step, the rules should ultimately prove useful.
A major agricultural machinery trade fair got underway in Brno in Sunday.
Techagro is the third biggest event of its kind in Europe and is held every
two years. The current edition features 720 companies from 37 countries.
Organisers say they expect over 100,000 visitors for the trade fair, which continues until Thursday.
The European Commission has added Prague ham to the EU list of
“traditional specialities guaranteed”. This was confirmed by the Czech
Agriculture Ministry on Friday.
The request for Prague ham to be given this status was lodged six years ago. Four other Czech meat products – traditional salamis and sausages (Lovecký salám, Liptovský salám, Špekáčky and Spišské párky) are already on the list.
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