(Adds Czech PM saying meeting due on Thursday)
BUDAPEST Feb 27 Hungary and Slovakia will ask
the European Commission in a joint motion to consider legal
means to eliminate "double standards in quality" of food
products sold by companies in Eastern Europe and in the west,
Hungary's agriculture ministry said on Monday.
The ministry said the two countries would submit the motion
at the March 6 meeting of the EU's farm and fishery council,
according to a statement carried by national news agency MTI.
Hungary also welcomed a Slovak proposal that the Visegrad
Four countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and
Slovakia - should hold a meeting as soon as possible about the
issue, the ministry said.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Monday the
Visegrad group prime ministers would discuss food quality at a
summit in Warsaw on Thursday.
He said the problem needed a European solution and the
Commission should get involved.
Central European countries have called in the past few weeks
for the EU to ban using inferior ingredients in products sold
under the same brand in some EU markets, a practice that is
legal as long as the ingredients are declared on the packaging.
(Reporting by Krisztina Than and Jan Lopatka; Editing by Louise