Fast food stands 'break Belgian hygiene laws'

28th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

28 April 2004, BRUSSELS - The majority of temporary stands selling food at events like pop concerts and open-air festivals systematically flout Belgium's food hygiene laws, according to a survey published on Wednesday.

28 April 2004

BRUSSELS - The majority of temporary stands selling food at events like pop concerts and open-air festivals systematically flout Belgium's food hygiene laws, according to a survey published on Wednesday.

The study, by consumer magazine 'Test Achats', found that three quarters of snacks sold at open air events were not stored at legally required temperatures and that almost half (41 percent) contained dangerously high levels of harmful bacteria.

The only snack sellers to emerge relatively well from the study were purveyors of one of Belgium's most famous national delicacies - the frite or French fry. 

Test Achats surveyed 107 mobile food stands across Belgium between May and December last year.

A "very disappointing" 44 percent were judged seriously below par by the magazine, and a further 41percent only managed to scrape through with an 'indifferent' rating.

Only 16 stands got an unconditional thumbs up - ten of them were frite sellers.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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