The EC subsequently tasked the Joint Research Centre with conducting and extensive testing campaign using the Harmonized Methodology in as many EU countries as possible. All EU countries were invited to provide data for the campaign. 19 countries chose to participate and the campaign included 1380 products for the data comparison.
The first part of the JRC study was conducted only through studying the similarities of the front of pack packaging and comparing the composition and nutritional values of the products.
The JRC concluded that 9% of the products presented identical front of packs with differences in the product composition, while 22% of products had similar front of packs with differences in product composition. The results of this initial report can be read here. Some of the products will undergo further sensory analysis conducted by the JRC in the upcoming months. However, based on the initial findings, no clear east-west divide could be found.