This Politico article argues about the EU deal related to Double Food Standards:

After fighting long and hard to reach an agreement, the European Commission passed a set of rules last week that ban identically branded products being sold with different ingredients in different markets. This is largely regarded as a win for Central and Eastern European countries, where so-called dual-quality products were the norm.

However the text has lots of ambiguous parts and it would interesting to know more:

But now, the new regulation will force companies that have dual-quality products to inform consumers of the differences in ingredients. According to the draft legislation, obtained by POLITICO, the information must be “easily identifiable” if there is a “significant” difference in the ingredients.

The text, however, isn’t airtight and leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

Question: Where can I find the final text of EU Deal for Double Food Standards?

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    Good question, I'm particularly curious what constitutes "significant" difference.
    – M i ech
    May 16, 2019 at 11:24
  • It seems reasonable to define "significant" as "would influence consumer choices". That's why the EU has a mandate to legislate.
    – MSalters
    May 16, 2019 at 15:37

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Based on this announcement, the latest version of relevant legislation is here, although this is technically still a provisional agreement between the Council and the parliament. The relevant parts of the preamble seem to be:

(51) Article 16 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU guarantees the freedom to conduct a business in accordance with Union law and national laws and practices. However, marketing across Member States of goods as being identical when, in reality, they have a significantly different composition or characteristics may mislead consumers and cause them to take a transactional decision that they would not have taken otherwise.

(52) Such a practice can therefore be qualified as contrary to Directive 2005/29/EC based on a case by case assessment of relevant elements. In order to facilitate the application of existing law by Member States' consumer and food authorities, guidance on the application of current EU rules to situations of dual quality of food was provided in the Commission Notice of 26.9.2017 'on the application of EU food and consumer protection law to issues of Dual Quality of products – The specific case of food:In this context, the Commission's Joint Research Centre has presented a common approach to the comparative testing of food.

(53) However, the enforcement experience has shown that it may be unclear to consumers, traders and national competent authorities which commercial practices could be contrary to the Directive 2005/29/EC in the absence of an explicit provision. Therefore, Directive 2005/29/EC should be amended to ensure legal certainty both for traders and enforcement authorities by addressing explicitly the marketing of a good as being identical to a good marketed in other Member States, where that good has significantly different composition or characteristics. Competent authorities should assess and address on a case- by-case basis such practices according to the provisions of the Directive. In undertaking its assessment the competent authority should take into account whether such differentiation is easily identifiable by consumers, a trader's right to adapt goods of the same brand for different geographical markets due to legitimate and objective factors, such as national legislation, availability or seasonality of raw materials or voluntary strategies to improve access to healthy and nutritious food as well as the traders' right to offer goods of the same brand in packages of different weight or volume in different geographical markets. The competent authorities should assess whether such differentiation is easily identifiable by consumers by looking at the availability and adequacy of information. It is important that consumers are informed about the differentiation of goods due to legitimate and objective factors. Traders should be free to provide such information in different ways that allow consumers to access the necessary information. Alternatives to providing information on the label of goods should generally be preferred by traders. The relevant Union sectorial rules and rules on free movement of goods should be respected.

Meanwhile the actual modification is

Amendments to Directive 2005/29/EC

Directive 2005/29/EC is amended as follows:


(3) in Article 6(2), the following point is added:"

“(c) any marketing of a good, in one Member State, as being identical to a good marketed in other Member States, while that good has significantly different composition or characteristics, unless justified by legitimate and objective factors.”;

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