Thursday, March 27, 2014

Meat in Dutch Shops not Safe

The Investigation Council for Safety has published a report titled “Risks in the Meat Chain.” The report concluded that production companies consider economic factors more important than safe products. Hygiene rules are often not followed due to insufficient training of personnel, or due to time pressures for instance. Fraud in the meat industry is frequent also. Meat which is initially labeled as “waste meat” is turned into meat for human consumption. The safety of horse meat is not guaranteed, as it is so easily subject to fraud. The council concludes that the authority which is in charge of control and safety, the Dutch Food and Commodities Authority (NVWA) in particular, makes many mistakes. This is due to the frequent reorganization and cost-cutting. Its means are too limited to act efficiently in the meat chain.

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