Belgian schools in food safety alert

17th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

17 November 2003, BRUSSELS – The vast majority of kitchens in Belgian schools, infant day-care centres and old people's homes fail to meet legally required food safety standards, according to a nationwide survey by the country's Federal Food Safety Agency.

17 November 2003

BRUSSELS – The vast majority of  kitchens in Belgian schools, infant day-care centres and old people's homes fail to meet legally required food safety standards, according to a nationwide survey by the country's Federal Food Safety Agency.

The Agency, which also found that just under half the country's hospital kitchens were also unsafe, said the main risk came from the failure to preserve food at recommended temperatures for refrigeration, exposing food to the possible multiplication of harmful bacteria, and the lack of proper space to prepare meals safely.

School kitchens were singled out as the worst, with an estimated nationwide 80 percent hygiene safety failure rate.

Outside firms contracted to provide meals to establishments were also targeted by the agency, which said the largescale improper temperatures at which poultry, minced meat, fish and pastry dishes were kept was a source of concern.

The Agency released the figures Monday with the launch of an information campaign which it said would be followed later by a second check on the standards of publicv kitchens, which would be enforced by law. It concluded from the survey that most kitchen managers were simply unaware of proper food safety procedures.
 


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Subject: Belgian news



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