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Hungarian initiative could result in stricter honey labeling 

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The European Commission pledged to review labeling requirements for honey at a meeting of European Union farm ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, Hungary's Agriculture Ministry said, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Agriculture Minister István Nagy said in the statement the review could result in tighter labeling requirements that would indicate the country of origin of honey.

At present, honey labels designate only origins outside or within the EU, a practice that "is unsuitable for appropriately informing consumers", the ministry said.

Hungary is among the EU's biggest producers of honey.

Ministers also discussed the state of play of the preparations of their strategic plans under the reformed common agricultural policy (CAP) in force in 2023-2027.

Nagy warned that immediate, mandatory compliance with targets in the EU's Green Deal would not only violate the political agreement on the CAP reform, it could cause a fall in production and could lead to "drastic" increases in food prices.

"Consumers and farmers cannot be forced to pay the price of implementing the EU's green targets," he added.

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