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Every third seller fails to labell non-packaged foodstuffs correctly

08/12/2016
 

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) carried out an inspection activity focused on correct labelling of non-packaged foodstuffs. The inspections were performed in all types of retails in the Czech Republic where CAFIA is responsible for supervision.

Inspectors carried out a total of 179 inspections at 125 sellers where appropriate labelling of non-packaged foodstuffs was checked. This comprised indication of easily readable information in close distance of the offered foodstuffs containing, inter alia, the name of the foodstuff, business name and address of the seat of the producer, information on the quality category, country of origin, presence of allergens and use by date or best before date, etc.

Deficiencies were found in 60 cases (33.7%) while one or more legal requirements were violated.

Missing information on the producer, business name and address of the seat of the producer (88% of detections) and missing information on the legal name of the foodstuff (67%) were the most frequent detections. In 40 cases (67%) information on allergenic substances or products or intolerance were missing and in 24 cases (40%) information on use by date or best before date were missing. Information on contained sweetener was missing in 5 cases.

CAFIA will initiate an administrative procedure on imposition of a fine with the inspected person and will pay further attention to inspections of this segment.

 

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