IN January alone food inspectors recalled almost 41 tonnes of groceries because of unsatisfactory quality.
Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon told the Národná Obroda daily that in total inspectors made 2,317 visits to inspect food safety. In 1,841 firms they found 1,094 breaches of food safety regulations.
The inspectors issued 3,026 improvement orders of which 2,225 were for shops. In 136 cases the shopkeepers received an order to stop selling some goods as they exceeded the sell-by date.
In Slovakia, food safety is the direct responsibility of the Agriculture Ministry.
Ivan Bielik, spokesperson for the Public Healthcare Institution, suggested changing how the system is done.
According to him, the system is unsatisfactory and creates health risks to customers.
Compiled by Magdalena MacLeod from press reports
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22. Feb 2005 at 10:37