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Product recalls: Klöckner sees countries in food inspections in the duty


First the sausage, then the milk. Germs have been detected in several German foods. To prevent this, the food minister calls for more staff.

After the food scandals surrounding contaminated milk and germs contaminated with germs, Minister of Food Julia Klöckner (CDU) has called on the states to fulfill their responsibilities with sufficient staff for this task. Klöckner Bild newspaper said that. "As a Confederation, I want to know where the weaknesses are on the ground, and countries must be prepared to talk about focusing more and pooling responsibilities to streamline food control."

The Federal Association of German food inspectors also demands this. In order to be able to carry out the official food monitoring effectively and comprehensively, the deputy federal chairman of the association pleads for more personnel. The control numbers were last dropped every year. "Last year, we were able to control almost 42 percent of all registered companies," Maschke told the German press agency.

The inspection is the responsibility of the local food control authorities. They send someone unannounced who controls the registered businesses. "From the manufacturer to the grocery store, all 1.2 million registered companies are subject to official supervision," says Maschke.

On Friday morning, supermarkets had recalled contaminated milk nationwide. Individual batches of low-fat fresh milk in German supermarkets were contaminated with germs. A few days earlier it had become clear that sausage and meat products of the North Hessian meat processor Wilke Waldecker were contaminated with germs: Several people were said to have died because their food was contaminated with listeria. The products of the offerer were offered among other things by the furniture company Ikea, by the wholesaler Metro and branches of the Kaufland chain. The dealers have since withdrawn the products from the range.

Country agriculture ministries should come together

Although several cases of problematic foods have recently become known and led to product recalls, the deputy federal chairman of food inspectors says food is safe in Germany. It is especially important to look at products that need to be refrigerated and those that have been noticeable in statistics over the past few years: for example, dairy products, meat and fish. He does not see a difference between cheaper or more expensive, such as organic products: even expensive food could be objected to and also conventional food could be very good in terms of food safety.

Immediately after the recent sausage scandal in early October, the Minister of Agriculture of Lower Saxony, Barbara Otte-Kinast called for better food control. Nationwide standardized delivery lists would also facilitate recalls with many participants. Amongst other things, the supermarkets Rewe, Lidl, Aldi, Real and Metro are affected by the recall campaigns of the dairy dealer Deutsches Milchkontor.

Klöckner wants to convene a round with all country agriculture ministries after the milk recall. "I demand a quick education so that those cases that endanger the health of our citizens are not repeated," she told the picture.

Source: zeit

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