Food trade between Poland and the European Union is to be freed under a new pact. The bilateral deal removes tariffs and other trade barriers to allow free trade. The main products covered are "almost all" fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, butter, milk powder and wheat, with effect from January 1 2001. The agreement allows approximately 75% of Polish food exports tariff-free access to the EU market, and somewhat less of Community agricultural trade the other way. The deal is part of the preparation for eventual Polish membership of the EU. It brings Poland into line with other central and east European countries currently negotiating EU membership. So-called double zero' or mutual tariff elimination deals have already been reached with nine other EU hopefuls. {{PROVISIONS }}