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Watch out for mouldy organic beans

Inspectors of the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority have recently identified two cases of packages of organic beans some of which were mouldy present on the market. In either case, they were beans from big consignments from China, packed by PRO-BIO s.r.o.

Amendment to the Food Act and the Act on the CAFIA entered into force

On Thursday 15 May, Act No 120/2008 Coll., amending the Act on foodstuffs and tobacco products and the Act on the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority entered into force. The amendment lays down some new obligations on food business operators. The Inspection Authority acquired new competencies, but also obligations too.

Chains still make mistakes when selling cheese substitutes

The issue of cheese substitutes, so called analogues, has recently stirred public opinion. They are products for the production of which milk constituents were partly or fully replaced with other constituents, usually with vegetable fat. Such products have their relevance in the market; however, they can be sold only under certain conditions laid down by the European regulations.

Can cut fruit be sold?

Fruit in stores is available in many forms; however, first of all, it is necessary to distinguish between fresh and processed fruit.

How the CAFIA check meat content in frozen fish products

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority have been paying attention to the marketing of frozen fish products for a long time.

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.

CAFIA detained more peanuts with aflatoxins

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority, in collaboration with the Customs Administration, detained a consignment of roasted peanuts that contained a high level of aflatoxins at the border. The peanut consignment (Roasted Peanuts – Peanuts in Coconut Milk, 38 g package) heading to the Czech Republic from Vietnam contained more than 51 thousand packages of a total weight of 1957 kilograms.

Food Inspection Authority recommends caution when purchasing food supplements

Food supplements are more and more popular. However, there are many widespread fables among consumers relating to their safety and effectiveness. Consumers often confuse them with medicaments. Some producers even support this false belief and on the packaging or in commercials, they promise even wonder results – for example treat of asthma or psoriasis, decrease of cardiac diseases risk, prevention of cancer, elimination of side effects of chemotherapy or even reduction of growth of tumours. Nevertheless, food supplements differ from other foodstuffs only in high content of vitamins, mineral substances or other substances with nutritional or physiological effect. The aim of their consumption is to supplement routine diet to a level positively affecting the health condition of the consumer. Some food supplements thus may have positive effects; however, they cannot solve any health problems entirely. Food supplements do not cure.

Food Inspection Authority carried out more than 63 thousand controls in 2007

Year by year, the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority performs more controls which is also confirmed by data from 2007. Compared to 2006, more unsatisfactory samples were identified, more bans on marketing were imposed, and more administrative proceedings were closed (see the chart below).

Inspection authority stopped selling peanuts with exceeded levels of aflatoxins

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority received through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) information that peanuts containing an unauthorised amount of aflatoxins could occur on the Czech market. The notification was entered into the system by the State Veterinary and Food Administration of the Slovak Republic which also carried out laboratory tests of these peanuts.