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
The CAFIA's inspection priority in the last year, as in former years, was food safety and incorrectly marked food (so-called 'adulterated' food). A brand new sphere of activity was monitoring the introduction of a critical-point system in production. Compliance with other legal regulations valid for putting food and tobacco products into circulation also received the necessary attention.
In the previous period, the CAFIA inspectors carried out 31,807 individual inspections. The greatest number of inspections was undertaken in retailing (18,002); in production (10,174); in wholesaling (3,488), and in other venues (for example, in restaurants - 143). The increased number of inspections in production compared to 1999 (4,623) was specifically in connection with monitoring the introduction of the critical-point system; these inspections were commenced as of January 1, 2000.
During the inspections, a total of 10,875 unsatisfactory samples of food and tobacco products were detected that did not comply with legal requirements for safety, quality, and labelling. The unsatisfactory samples represented a quantity of 788,323 kilograms, 896,084 litres, and 38,738 units of produce.
In 2000, the CAFIA imposed 2,874 penalties in administrative proceedings, amounting to 31,382,300 CZK.
Non-conforming foodstuffs worth 26,508,882 CZK were banned from circulation. These figures included imported products worth 12,420,538 CZK detected in retailing; domestic products worth 6,372,106 CZK detected in retailing; and 7,716,238 CZK worth of products detected in production.
The CAFIA's international relationships in 2000 were characterised by more activities; this was particularly enabled by increasing the number of personnel and changing the CAFIA's organisational structure. The CAFIA's foreign activities were predominantly focused on communication with the European Commission, mainly regarding the following two spheres: the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union and the extensive changes in the European food legislation being prepared by the European Commission.
In the realm of education, the project paid for by the PHARE programme took place in 2000. The project included two main parts: educational seminars for the CAFIA employees, and seminars for Czech Republic food producers.
The CAFIA actively participated in specialised commenting and legislative work concerning various legal regulations (acts and decrees); it was given this assignment by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic. Cooperation with other state administration bodies continued and further developed.
The CAFIA regularly supplied both the specialised and the consumer public with relevant information via the media. An important part of the CAFIA's publication activities was effective utilization of Internet sites, which were regularly supplemented with up-to-date information.