Annual Report 200012/31/2000
- 1. Foreword
- 2. Inspection Objectives in 2000
- 3.1. Inspection Activities - General Overview
- 3.2. Inspection Activities - Inspection Results According to Individual Fields and Types of Analysis
- 3.3. Inspection Activities - Subject-oriented Inspections
- 3.4. Inspection Activities - Production Control
- 3.5. Inspection Activities - Retail Control
- 4. Complaints
- 5. Penalties
- 6. Laboratories
- 7. Certification
- 8. Foreign Relationships
- 9. Educational Projects
- 10. Participation in the Development of Legal Regulations
- 11. Cooperation with Other State Administration Bodies
- 12. Information for the Public
- 13. The Internet
- 14. Internal Information System
- 15. Conclusion
- 16. Abbreviations and explanations
In 2000, the CAFIA operated a total of 7 laboratories; three of them were specialised only in conducting microbiological tests on food (Tábor, Plzeň, and Ústí nad Labem). During the year 2000, the four accredited CAFIA laboratories (in Praha, Hradec Králové, Brno, and Olomouc) had regular supervisory visits by people from CIA, the National Accreditation Body, in order for them to evaluate compliance with the accreditation criteria and obligations following from the accreditation. Regarding all four laboratories, it was stated that they had complied with all the accreditation criteria and were capable of conducting objective and independent tests for which they had been accredited. By confirming the accreditation's validity, the requirements of the EU Directive 93/99/EEC regarding laboratories performing official food monitoring, had been also complied with.
During the year 2000, the accredited CAFIA laboratories were charged by CIA, the National Accreditation Body, with the organisation and evaluation of inter-laboratory comparative tests. At the same time, the CAFIA laboratories participated, during the year, in several international comparative tests, arranged for by foreign institutions ( FAPAS, FEPAS, CHEK, etc.).
One of the conditions for granting the authorisation for conducting analytical analyses of grape wine for evaluation, as well as classification of grape wines, is to participate and successfully complete the inter-laboratory comparative tests of grape wine organised by the CAFIA. These tests are annually incorporated into the national programme of capability testing.
During the year 2000, an important project within the Czech Republic took place: establishing a laboratory for identification of GMO DNA in agricultural products and food; this project was incorporated into the National Quality Project at the same time. As part of this project, some foodstuffs were tested for GMOs; the method used was qualitative screening, based on polymeraze chain reaction.
Apart from other activities, the CAFIA's laboratories were also involved in research schemes of the Ministry of Agriculture included in the Project for NAZV (National Agency for Agricultural Research). Apart from an active participation in the projects of the Ministry of Agriculture in the spheres of science and research, in 2000 the CAFIA's laboratories also focused on the development and introduction of new testing methods, such as the determination of fat-free cocoa and milk dry matter in chocolate and chocolate confectionery products; determination of deoxinivalenole, a mycotoxin, in cereals and cereal products; determination of gluten in gluten-free foods; proving adulteration of animal and vegetable foodstuffs; and proving selected types of pathogenic microorganisms - Camphylobacter jejuni/coli, Escherichia coli 0 157.