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6 absurd hygiene regulations in the Czech Republic

Hygiene in restaurants, factories, shops and businesses are subject to very stringent requirements. Hygiene legislation establishes principles and oversees their compliance with a number of regulatory authorities. Sometimes, however, they find standards that may seem somewhat strange or have gaps in interpretation. Check with us for six absurd hygiene regulations, which in our pay, pay or pay could.

Give first food charity. Otherwise, you face a fine of 10 million crowns

According to the draft amendment to Act on Food and Tobacco Products charities can get free foods that are not for sale because they meet the hygiene requirements. These foods are usually deformed package or incorrect or insufficient labeling. They must, however, be healthy and not to endanger human health. The condition is to serve charitable and humanitarian purposes, ie to be distributed to people in need. At first glance it may seem that this is a positive step, though it did not impose a law, however, supermarkets and other food retailers, whose sales area occupying more than 400 square meters, as a duty. If this is not a way to contribute to charity, they face a fine of up to CZK 10 million.

2. Check the restaurant would no longer have Hygienists

The amendment to the law on foodstuffs was also initially limit the power to regional health authorities. According to the plans because they were impossible to check the wholesomeness of the food served in restaurants. Public safety oversight board would take over the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority, but by hygienists or education does not have permission to check the health status of personnel coming into contact with food. Each year yet for infringement of personal hygiene or inadequate medical fitness comes in hospitality for a job to 2,000 people. "If the food does not burden the highest standards of hygiene, can be contaminated during processing, storage and other handling. Even a difference of 1 ° C in cold storage may mean that health foods become unsafe. Equally important is the actual state of health of cooks and kitchen staff, which food comes into direct contact and thus can destroy it, "said Peter Pisa, CTO of Frigomont, leading Czech supplier of cooling and freezing technology. MEPs, however, in late March rejected the amendment and leave control in the hands of hygienists.

3. The Czech flag may not label the goods manufactured by us

Deputies in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture also plans to introduce a new designation "Czech food". This would customers should guarantee that it is the original domestic product. Food produced in the Czech Republic have recently been greatly sought after and a new label should provide consumers with this assurance at first glance. The new designation would, however, work in parallel with the already used the mark "Czech Product" awarded by the Food and Drink Industries of the Czech Republic. Problematic could prove the fact that both labels would use nearly identical graphical representation, a Czech flag with black text at the bottom of the placard. And that could easily confuse the consumer, because with black text at the bottom of the placard. And that could easily confuse consumers because the origin of the food in the two cases differ. While the product is labeled "Czech food" requires that for unprocessed food, milk and wine came to 100% of ingredients from home to processed foods contain at least 75% of the Czech constituents and that the multi-stage production process fully implemented in the Czech Republic, "Czech product" so strict claims and has no share of the domestic composition can identify with him individually. Therefore the question remains, what meaning consumers should coexistence of two Czech flags on products where 100% Czech food may not actually indicate.

4. Because of the changes food labeling disappeared small packaging products

Two years ago whether there were changes in food labeling. European and Czech legislation if enacted provide packed and unpacked assortment of new labels, which would include compulsory and would inform the country of origin, allergens, nutritional values, sweeteners, repeated freezing and others. While font should be at least 1.2 mm and tags had to be placed in the main part of the front of the product. These requirements, however, often proved impossible. Not all products had to be able to insert the required information, so many manufacturers to stop selling the smallest packaging of its products.

5th redecoration business premises ordered state

Since 2007, pays government regulations that allow businesses determines the deadline, how often redecorate their offices premises. This requirement is met with criticism Series hygienists and business owners, as the decision of this activity should be based on individual assessment. The law also changed the need for regular cleaning work that was previously required once per day, but then its frequency was adjusted according to the type of contamination.

Boxes sixth in the workplace can be arbitrarily high

How easily can become controversial norm, it turned out, for example, even an amendment to the CSN 73 4108 regarding sanitation and changing of 2013. "The new version does not contain any indication of how the wardrobe cabinet is to be high," said Miroslav Dolezal, Head of Department hygiene. Older versions while commanding the cabinet must have a minimum height of 190 cm. "We raised therefore request the Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing, which publishes standards. We learned that the office while standards are issued, but does not the explanation. It belongs to the person who drafted the standard. In our case it was a private person, but that office had failed to communicate, "said Dolezal. It has now become a situation where the employer can equip Lockers, but these can be arbitrarily high.

Source: tz, editorially modified

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