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02/25/2015
 

1) Is it necessary to have an authorisation from CAFIA when selling product in “BIO” quality:

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority checks organic foodstuffs identically as other foodstuffs (within its responsibility), thus in the meaning of Act on Foodstuffs, in particular. That means that CAFIA checks health unwholesomeness (compliance with microbiological requirements, foreign substances requirements), sensory, physical and chemical requirements as regards quality, completeness and appropriateness of labelling, use by date and best before date, whether they are misleadingly labelled, etc. However, CAFIA is not responsible for inspection of organic foodstuffs as regards their labelling “bio”, “eco”, etc., whether they comply with requirements of ecological agriculture legislation, whether they are legitimately labelled as “bio” or “eco”.
Every new subject interested in entrepreneurship in ecological agriculture (producer or trader with organic foodstuffs, etc.) shall have a contract with any of supervisory authorities authorised by the Ministry of Agriculture of the CR to carry out inspection and certification in the field of ecological agriculture.

2) I would like to have approved composition of the product for sale on the territory of the Czech Republic and I would like to ask for the check whether the labelling in Czech language is correct.

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority does not carry out approval of products before they are placed on the market. It is the responsibility of the operator to ensure that the product complies with relevant legislation and it is safe. It is possible to ask the supplier for a laboratory analysis or to have the test carried out in any of Czech laboratories accredited for food analyses. Nor checks whether the labelling is correct are carried out by CAFIA. In this case you can refer to any commercial advisory companies. If the subject provides CAFIA with details on the product concerned, it is possible to send general legislation related to labelling of the product in question.

3) What is the highest emphasis put on during inspection on farmers’ markets or what to pay attention to?

In case you sell or you intend to sell foodstuffs on farmers’ markets, besides food safety and quality requirements, following rules shall be kept:
  • Unpacked foodstuffs shall be protected against dust, contact with floor, contact with hands of sellers (they must not touch the foodstuffs, sneeze or cough), contact with hands of sellers (optimal handling with unpacked foodstuffs is with pliers or with disposable gloves)
  • Surfaces of the stall where the foodstuffs are placed shall be washable and kept clean.
  • Foodstuffs requiring cooling (meat, meat and milk products, cheese, milk, fresh juices, fish products, confectionary products, etc.) shall be stored in cooling equipment.
  • Sanitary facilities shall be available.
  • Drinking water shall be ensured during the sale of unpacked foodstuffs which could be possibly cut; moreover warm water, if cleaning of equipment and hands is not solved other appropriate way.
Naturally, there are more obligations. The seller can contact the local Inspectorate that provides him with information what shall be improved. Contacts for the single Inspectorates are available here.
If, dependent on the category of offered foodstuffs, the subject falls under responsibility of the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA), it should be registered there. The registration form is available for example on www.szpi.gov.cz in the Download Section (Notification form of the food business operator).
Responsibility for supervision over foodstuffs sold on farmers’ markets is divided between CAFIA and SVA of the CR as follows:
a) foodstuffs of plant origin sold on authorised and unauthorised market places – CAFIA,
b) unprocessed foodstuffs of animal origin sold on authorised and unauthorised market places – e.g. fish, fresh meat, honey – SVA,
c) processed foodstuffs of animal origin sold on the market, stalls, market places (if they are not authorised by the SVA) - CAFIA
d) processed foodstuffs of animal origin sold on the authorised market places or markets – SVA.