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
This sphere of activity includes the inspections undertaken in a retail network (including markets) and wholesale warehouses.
In a retail network, a relatively low number of inspections were carried out following a consumer complaint or comment. Another reason for these inspections was the plan of regional branches; sampling, for example, within a framework of centrally managed inspections; and tracking non-conforming foodstuffs detected during the monitoring of producers. In most cases when the inspection was done on the basis of a complaint, monitoring the observation of other obligations took place at the same time as the investigation of the actual subject of the complaint.
Regarding the requirements set forth in legal regulations, the inspections focused on complying with hygiene regulations in retailing, on shop equipment according to the range of foodstuffs sold, observing the 'Expiry date' and 'Date of Minimum durability' regulations, correctness of labelling, packaging, documents accompanying the commodity, etc. In the framework of the storage-condition check, the inspectors focused on complying with temperature regimes for keeping chilled and frozen foodstuffs and on other foods which required special temperatures when being put into circulation: for example, pastry products; diary products; fresh mushrooms; or products where the storage temperature was determined by the producer.
From the point of view of individual fields, the inspections in permanent shops most often focused on fresh fruit and vegetables; processed fruit and vegetables; meat products; diary products; wine; spirits; bakery products; pastry products; and delicatessen products. In shops in filling stations, the inspections were directed to delicatessen products (baguettes), soft drinks, confectionery, long-life pastry, and others. In markets, including sales at fairs, the inspections were particularly focused on spirits; winter sales of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables; and summer sales of chocolate, chocolate confectionery, and mushrooms. As for the markets, the inspections specifically focused on Easter and Christmas markets and stall equipment.
Inspections in wholesaling were particularly directed to imported foodstuffs and to tracking non-conforming samples detected in retailing; in terms of commodities, they were focused on fruit and vegetable quality.