Dutch meat industry bosses are calling for harmonised standards across the whole of Europe.
Jos Ramekers, chairman of the Products Board for Livestock, Meat and Eggs, said harmonisation needed to be given a higher priority.
He said: "It is essential we agree within Europe on what form quality control should take. If meat companies in different EU countries are going to work together, this is crucial."
Talks are taking place between representatives from the Dutch, German and Danish meat industries to find ways to bring the German QS programme in line with the Dutch IKB quality assurance scheme and the Danish system.