Country of origin requirements (COOL)  (Hungary)

Country of origin requirements (COOL) In Hungary, as in EU-Member States in general, a number of EU regulations specify the cases where the country or place of origin of food must be indicated on the label. This information is required when: - It is explicitly required by EU regulation for a category of food (e.g. beef, pork, sheep, goat, kid, poultry, fish, honey, fruit and vegetables), or - failure to indicate the country of origin is likely to mislead the consumer, taking into account the general impression given by the labelling. Hungary has adopted a complementary national legislation, the regulation Nr. 74/2012 (VII.25.) on the use of certain voluntary distinctive signs on foodstuffs, which is however considered particularly relevant for “domestic product” or also known as “Hungarian product”. The regulation Nr. 36/2014 (17.XII.) on food information is another important piece of legislation, in the light of which the authorities control the products, but this regulation is also in line with EU regulations an does not set requirements that differ from them.

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Roland Kölcsey-Rieden