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CAFIA summer inspections revealed problems in public catering sector

09/16/2016
 

During the summer months, inspectors of the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) paid an intensive attention to inspections of hygiene and further legislation related to ensuring safety and quality of meals and foodstuffs offered during high outside temperatures. The inspections were focused on all types of premises falling under the CAFIA surveillance, i.e. public catering – restaurants, fast food premises, beer houses, confectionary shops, etc. as well as retails, wholesales and food production premises.

Since 1st July 2016, CAFIA inspectors had to close 18 premises, out of which 11 were premises providing public catering, 4 retails and 3 warehouses with foodstuffs.

Unacceptable hygiene conditions in premises were the main reasons for that. Safety of offered meals or stored foodstuffs could not be ensured. The inspectors detected in particular neglected cleaning in the form of layers of grease, dust and rests of foodstuffs on kitchen equipment, floors and in storages, further in the form of presence of pests and excrements, mould on walls, failure to ensure waste disposal, missing warm water supply, etc.

Public catering sector is the most problematic area in which the highest numbers of premises are closed. On the contrary, inspectors did not close a single food production plant.

An overview of premises closed by CAFIA inspectors including justification and photo documentation is available on the Food Pillory website.

 

Article by: Pavel Kopřiva, CAFIA Spokesperson, phone: +420 542 426 633