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Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority commences inspections of public catering operators

In compliance with Act No. 139/2014 Coll., amending Act No. 110/1997 Coll., on Foodstuffs and Tobacco Products, the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority commences supervision over food business operators running public cateringsince 1st January 2015.
The execution of supervision over production and putting meals on the market will be divided in particular between the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority and bodies of Public Health Protection (regional hygiene services).
In order to minimise bureaucratic burden of operators and to reach maximum efficiency of inspections, the scope of activities of CAFIA and PHPB will be divided so that undesired doubling of inspection in particular between CAFIA and PHPB is avoided.
The State Veterinary Administration will carry out supervision of putting non-processed animal bodies or their parts, milk, colostrum or bee products on the market.
CAFIA inspections will be particularly focused on common public catering of the open type comprising a broad scope of establishments:
  • restaurants
  • confectionary shops and tea rooms
  • fast foods
  • catering provided within retail and petrol stations
  • wineshops and wine bars
  • beerhouses and taprooms
  • bars, disco clubs, gambling rooms, etc.

The extent of inspections that will be carried out by CAFIA will not differ from inspections that were carried out by bodies of public health protection so far. Stress will be put in particular on the check of hygiene of the premises, competence of the staff, traceability of raw materials and food adulteration.
Notification obligations
Pursuant to provisions of Section 3 Para 1i) of Act No. 110/1997 Coll., on Foodstuffs and Tobacco products, food business operators are obliged to announce commencement, changes or termination of the performance of their subject of business at the day when this situation occurred at the latest, namely to the respective supervisory authority.
This information on all types of catering services is still announced to bodies of public health protection, i.e. local regional hygiene services which forward it to other supervisory bodies (CAFIA and SVA) without any delay.
Mandatory information
The amendment to the Act on Foodstuffs also newly regulates indicating mandatory information on meals: Operators running public catering premises are obliged to release visible and easily readable information on:
  • name of the meal
  • allergens

Information on the particular allergen has to be provided upon the request or by different visible and easily readable form.
More detailed information on the provision of information on allergens in meals can be found in article “New obligation of public catering operators to provide information on allergens”.