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EUbusiness Week 800 top stories: Brexit talks at an impasse, says EU's Barnier; MEPs back law for more energy-efficient buildings; Brussels pushes ahead with banking risk-reduction package; Pesticides must be checked for harmful chemicals: MEPs; EU states set for talks on new telecoms rules, 5G; Sweden EU's top performer on gender equality

Publisher's Note

Double standards in the quality of food sold in the EU came under the spotlight this week, at an EU Parliament hearing and a summit today. The issue: consumers in some central and eastern EU countries being sold food of a lower quality than the same products in the same packaging in Western Europe.

There is room for adjusting products to local tastes and preferences. But selling substandard, often less healthy products at the same or higher prices is insulting to consumers, illegal and not what the single market is for.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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