Lithuania will seek that multinational companies use the same recipes for food products sold under the same brand throughout the European Union after a study has shown that the composition of some food products available in German stores differs from those in Lithuanian stores, Agriculture Minister Bronius Markauskas said on Tuesday.
Bronius Markauskas
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"We are speaking about old EU countries and these products differ. It's a pity that we, being part of the EU for 12 years now, are faced with such a problem," the minister said at a news conference.

According to Markauskas, the composition of products sold in Lithuania is of lower quality because producers want to make them cheaper.

"We expect that companies will be banned from supplying products of different recipes in different countries," he said.

In the study, the Lithuanian Food and Veterinary Service compared the same branded products sold in Lithuania and Germany and found differences in the composition of 23 out of 33 products.

For example, Milka cookies sold in Germany contained 35 percent of chocolate pieces and the same biscuits in Lithuania had only 32 percent. Nutella hazelnut spread contained 7.5 percent and 6.6 percent of skimmed milk powder, respectively.

Producers dismiss the criticism, saying that products sold in different markets differ in taste, not in quality.

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