Food safety - 45% rise in complaints
The Federal Agency for Safety in the Food Chain received 45% more reports of malpractice in 2007 than it did in 2006
The Federal Agency for Safety in the Food Chain (FAVV) received 45% more reports of malpractice in 2007 than it did in 2006. The total number of complaints rose from 1,500 to 2,170.
Many of the cases that were brought to the Agency's attention concerned foodstuffs that had been offered for sale beyond their sell by date.
Poor food hygiene standards in shops and restaurants also formed the basis of many of the complaints received by the Agency.
However, some members of the public also saw fit to report poor food quality in restaurants to the FAVV.
Despite the increase in the number of people contacting the Agency, the FAVV doesn't believe that food safety standards are slipping.
It believes that greater public awareness has served to increase the number of reports it receives.
As well as receiving over 2,000 reports of malpractice, the FAVV was also contacted over 7,000 times by people seeking more information about food safety issues.
The Agency received more calls during times of increased media coverage of issues such as blue tongue and avian flu.