Czech agency summarizes food control efforts from 2023

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The Czech food agency has revealed findings from various inspections and controls in its annual report.

In 2023, the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (SZPI) detected 4,192 non-compliant lots of food and other products. This included 3,542 non-compliant lots in retail, 160 in production, 128 in wholesale, and 362 in other areas.

SZPI found the most deficiencies in foodstuffs imported from non-EU countries, while the lowest proportion of non-compliant samples was in items made by domestic producers.

Compliance with microbiological criteria was checked for 3,435 samples of foodstuffs, meals, ice, bottled water, and environmental swabs. Onsite inspections discovered 370 lots unfit for human consumption, and 151 non-compliant samples were detected in laboratory tests.

The greatest number of samples found to be unsafe were dairy products, meat products, and fresh vegetables. Frequent issues included visible mold growth and spoilage.

Microbial non-compliances
Salmonella was found in 14 lots of fresh chicken, goose and duck meat and one lot of pork tested from the market. Listeria monocytogenes were detected in one lot of smoked trout fillets taken from the market and one lot of cold dishes from a production plant.

Limits for Bacillus cereus were exceeded in three lots of mushrooms of Asian origin. Enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) was detected in one sample of steak tartare taken from catering facilities.

SZPI carried out 13,550 controls in restaurants, bistros, pubs, bars, an...


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Czech agency summarizes food control efforts from 2023