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Ministry readies decree on "Hungarian product" tag

Food products are in line to be designated as "Hungarian" pending the approval of a ministerial decree, a government official told participants ahead of a food fair on Wednesday.

Food products are in line to be designated as "Hungarian" pending the approval of a ministerial decree, a government official told participants ahead of a food fair on Wednesday.
Giving a background talk to the Hungarian Craft Flavours Fair in Budapest, Endre Kardevan of the Rural Development ministry, said the process of decree could take three months to enforce should the EU need to be notified, but otherwise it was ready to be signed.
The decree defines such issues as what counts as a purely Hungarian product and what conditions producers must abide by for their produce to qualify as handcrafted, traditional and premium. He said, for example, a product could still qualify as purely Hungarian if ingredients from abroad accounted for under 5% of the final product.
 Kardevan said a social agreement had been reached on Jan. 15 on the "Hungaricum" bill -- regulating products which are legally regarded as exclusively Hungarian -- and parliament is expected to debate the matter sometime in the first half of the year.
The government also wants to encourage people at home to buy as many Hungarian food products as possible, he said. The recent German dioxin scare provided a good example of why it was wise to buy Hungarian home produce, he added.
On Feb. 11-13, 102 exhibitors are plying around 1,000 Hungarian food products at Millenaris Park in Buda.(Econews)