Belgian eateries break hygiene rules

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Over 20 percent of cafes and restaurants in Belgium do not comply with the hygiene regulations.

27 August 2008

BELGIUM -- Inspections by the Federal Food Agency reveal that over 20 percent of cafes and restaurants in Belgium do not comply with the hygiene regulations.

Of the 9,454 inspections carried out, only 58.8 percent were given approval. Out of the restaurants which were approved, only 20 percent received a complete approval rating. The rest were approved but were told to improve in certain areas.

In 2007, a total of 3,300 warnings were issued, as well as 466 official summons following the inspection of the kitchens.

According to the director of the Federal Food Agency, Gil Houins, the hotel/catering/restaurant sector is not good as self-inspection as compared to other sectors. However, Houins says he sees more owners comply with regulations every year.

The agency director says hotel/catering/restaurant sector is working together with different professional associations to alleviate the problem.

Sulphite in the ground meat
The Federal Food Agency inspections revealed that some butchers are still mixing sulphite in to their ground meat.

Butchers use sulphite to give the meat a redder colour and mask the fact that the meat may not be fresh.

[flandersnews.be / Expatica]
 

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