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How inspection by the Inspection Authority can also look like


The work of inspectors of the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority is not always easy. There are situations when business operators refuse to let them in, sometimes the inspectors have to put up with cries and anger of business owners or management; it happened that someone let a dog on them. Recent inspection in a bakery in Prague 8 – Dolní Chabry also took place under curious circumstances.

The CAFIA Inspectorate in Prague received a written complaint in which a consumer complained about hygienic conditions of the bakery in question. A few days after that, Prague inspectors, together with Public Health Authority assistants, set out to the bakery in the morning to check it. Manufacturing premises that were located in the ground floor of a family house were not locked and there was light, however, no one in there. Everything indicated that employees noticed the inspectors coming and ran away. However, because there was no one to whom the inspectors could identify themselves, they could not carry out the inspection.

Nevertheless, they did not give up; they scheduled another inspection for the very same day late in the evening and asked the Police to assist them. This time inspectors spotted employees running away when they entered the property. However, the door to the premises was closed and without handle. No one answered their knocking. When policemen managed to open the door, a surprise awaited them – more employees hiding and waiting how the situation will develop.

Only after that inspectors could begin their work. Besides poor hygienic conditions (mould in refrigerator for raw materials, mouldy trays for storing bakery products, fallen off lining, breadcrumbs poured out on the floor), inspectors found that employees have a “resting corner” in the manufacturing premises, i.e. couch with a table and chairs where they even smoke. Moreover, they found some bottles of Tuzemák that did not have mandatory duty stamp and a cat that has free access to the premises came several times to see them. For these reasons inspectors immediately banned further production.

Fortunately, the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority does not deal with such cases often, whether they concern amount or nature of deficiencies, or course of inspection.

Author: Mgr. Martina Šmídtová - CAFIA spokesperson, phone : +420-542426633