Ministry of Health - Czech Republic

Produce checks largely compliant in Czech Republic

According to data published by the Ministry of Health in the Czech Republic, just 10 of almost 800 samples taken during food safety inspections were non-compliant. From August to October 2017, the Regional Hygiene Stations (KHS) carried out the targeted checks to verify the safety of food. The Ministry of Health published the findings this month.

The focus is on foods that have not been heat-treated, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh herbs that are provided at locations where food services are provided. Frozen fruits and vegetables were also checked.

KHS performed 405 inspections in 399 catering establishments and 775 samples were taken.

E. coli and Yersinia found
A total of 387 samples were taken for microbiological contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli, Salmonella, Yersinia enterocolitica and the total number of microorganisms and 388 samples for virological examination.

Norovirus was not detected in the samples tested for viruses. Out of the tests for microbiological examination, 10 samples failed.

In five cases, high counts of micro-organisms were found in frozen raspberries, fresh carrots, freshly sliced pumpkin, a salad with cabbage and carrots and sliced cucumber salad.

Foodsafetynews.com reports that, on three occasions, E. coli was detected in vegetable salads and Yersinia enterocolitica was found in a salad with cabbage with carrots and in a vegetable salad of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and dressing.


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