Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon (Most-Híd) on Monday, October 25, announced that country-wide inspections into the sale of poultry at Slovak retail stores in October led to "some alarming results", the TASR newswire reported.
"Top place in this negative table went to Tesco Stores in Michalovce (Košice Region). An inspection was carried out on October 19 that found 19.4 kilograms of damaged and decaying meat," said Simon as quoted by TASR. The Tesco store in Veľké Kapušany (Košice Region) was found to have 1.5 kilograms of damaged and decaying meat, said Simon. Third place went to small butcher's shop Mäsiarstvo Andrej Hodan in Štefanov (Trnava Region) which was selling 2.6 kilograms of meat that had gone past its sell-by date. Inspectors also found shortcomings at the Tesco store in Lučenec, with 1.38 kilograms of damaged and decaying meat discovered.
According to the minister, these alarming results show the need to change the system of supervising retail chains. When asked whether other retail chains also made it onto the list, Simon said that he can't rule out the possibility that there was an information leak concerning planned inspections.
A spokesman for Tesco Stores Bratislava said on Monday that the company considers the results of the inspection to have been blown out of proportion. Tesco Stores external relations manager Oľga Hrnčiarová told TASR: "We regard the interpretation of the state inspection's results as exaggerated and we need to take exception to it."
According to Hrnčiarová, the meat the inspection found to be decaying in Michalovce wasn't rancid but only had its wrapping broken. The store in Veľké Kapušany also had fresh meat but in damaged packaging, she said.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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26. Oct 2010 at 10:00