Definitions of vegetarian and vegan (Hungary)

There is currently no European or Hungarian legal definition and legal concept of what exactly constitutes a vegetarian or vegan product. The European Commission is supposed to adopt such a definition under Article 36(3)(b) of the FIC Regulation, but this is still in progress. However, pending the adoption of a concrete legal framework, any indication of suitability for vegetarians and vegans on products should be assessed in the light of the general principles of voluntary information to consumers in Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers. In addition, reference is often made to existing private standards (e.g. the V-label developed by the European Vegetarian Union (EVU) or ISO 23662:2021).

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