European lawmakers have recommended that will products sold with a several composition between European Union (Euro) countries should not be labelled and also branded in a seemingly equivalent way.
The EU said that exams done in several member states have proven that products and services advertised and sold beneath the same brand and identical packaging in fact differ in make up and ingredients, to the hindrance of consumers.
Differences were found in products such as fish fingers, instantaneous soup, coffee and sodas.
In a report approved by Thirty-three votes to three, with just one abstention, the European Parliament’s Internal Market as well as Consumer Protection Committee proposed several measures at Western european and national levels so that you can tackle the dual quality difficulty.
The report was compiled by Czech MEP Olga Sehnalov, who seem to said: “Dual quality products damage citizens’ confidence in the fair functioning of the EU internal industry. If a product is sold beneath same brand and packaging, it has to have the same composition. If the designer wants to customise a product, customers have the right to know and be aware of this adjustment for each person product.
“We must ensure that all misleading practices are outlawed and that the proposed initiatives don’t just remain on paper. In order to do consequently, the amendment to the Illegal Commercial Practices Directive, as proposed by the European Payment in April, is a good place to start. However, it needs several clarifications to the office effectively. There must be neither second-class items, nor second-class consumers in the European union.”
Last year European Commission Us president Jean-Claude Juncker criticised the dual standards of foods quality in his State in the Union speech.
Differences in nutrition quality have been prevalent throughout Central and Eastern Europe. A study by the Czech Agriculture Ministry in 2009 analysed 21 products sold in different countries under the identical brand. Tests revealed that Tough luck of them were different. Also, five products had a distinctive volume in the same measurements pack.
Meanwhile German biscuit maker Bahlsen responded to pressure from Eastern side European countries and unified its manufacturing standards across the continent. The maker associated with Choco Leibniz replaced palm oil having butter in its biscuits, as approved by the original German recipes.
MEPs have now called for swift cross-border co-operation and data sharing, including regarding potentially non-compliant products and achievable unfair practices, among countrywide consumer protection and nutrition authorities, consumer associations plus the EU Commission in order to undertake dual quality and ensure that the rules are enforced additional consistently.
They say a common evaluating approach needs to be fully developed, to collect reliable and comparable information and help ascertain the way serious and widespread the twin quality issue is.
MEPs have welcome manufacturers to consider including a company logo on packaging that would show the content and quality of the same model is the same across all European countries.
The report will be offer a vote by the complete parliament at September’s plenary session.