authorities had not informed customers
At the beginning of 2012 reports of catastrophic hygienic conditions that had been in the Bavarian big bakery Müller-Brot for several years came to the public."The authorities were aware of this early, but did not inform the customers of the bakery. The medial outrage over the mice 'cock, the cockroaches, the worms, but above all the late information of the public was great, "says the report" Bayerisches Brot "by the consumer organization Foodwatch. Five years after the scandal, the question arises whether consumers are now better informed about hygienic deficiencies in bakeries and other food companies. The consumer organization means "no".
Micecot, beetle, mold, muck
In the report "Bavarian Bread", Foodwatch has published inspection reports from the Bavarian food authorities, which show that in several large bakeries in Bavaria over and over again and again some disgusting conditionsprevailed.
Whether or not cockroaches or beetle attack: As the experts write in a message, consumers still have not heard of the sometimes catastrophic hygienic conditions.
In some cases, everything was in order, but in other cases, "clearly visible pest infestation", "massive" impurities or "black spots, presumably mold".
According to the data, complaints from customers were always the cause for controls.
Thus a customer found a foreign body in a roll, which was identified by the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety( LGL) as "Kotpille eines Kleinsäugers".Another time a foreign body was identified as a "German cockroach".
Even more hygienic scandal?
Consumers were unaware of the situation, as the results of the official controls on food are generally not published.
Foodwatch has, however, applied for the publication of control results to eight of the largest Bavarian bakery companies via the so-called Consumer Information Act( VIG).
The organization received information on 69 controls from the years 2013 to 2016 at the companies Bachmeier, Der Beck, Heinz, Hiestand, Höflinger, Hofpfisterei, Ihle and LSG.The results are documented in the report "Bayerisches Brot".
However, even if individual results are available, much remains unclear to the population: "As long as not all the control results are public, the question must be asked: From which hygienic scandals do the authorities still know without informing them?" Said Johannes Heeg von Foodwatch,
No health hazards
"The foodwatch report states that" particularly unhygienic conditions were detected by the controllers in the production companies of the companies Bäcker Bachmeier, Der Beck and Landbäckerei Ihle.
"Even if the food produced there does not pose a health hazard," Foodwatch believes it is unacceptable that the customers did not know anything, so they continued to consume bread and bread from bakeries, which were partly disgusting.
The research shows that we need a reorientation of food monitoring in Germany, according to Foodwatch. The authorities must be required to publish, without exception, all the results of the official controls.
This is an incentive for foodstuffs to stick to the hygienic rules every day and ensures a fair competition in which the clean businesses are no longer the stupid.
So far the legal basis is lacking - if officials want to publish information, threaten therefore complaints of the concerned enterprises.
Nationwide one in four plants complains
Conditions like in Bavaria are not the exception, according to Foodwatch, but the rule: Every year in Germany every fourth controlled food company is criticized, mainly because of hygienic discharges.
Although in their coalition agreement the Union and the SPD had already promised in 2013 to create legal clarity at the federal level for better consumer information. This promise has not been solved.
As long as the Confederation does not ensure legal certainty, however, each state could also impose transparency with its own state law - and thus prevent cases such as in Bavaria in the future.
Denmark as a model
From the point of view of the consumer organization, Denmark should serve as a model for a food security surveillance. There, food companies have been obliged to suspend the control results at the entrance door for 15 years. The test reports are also available on the Internet.
The result is summarized and evaluated using a smiley. Since the introduction of the "Smiley System", the quota of the complained farms has halved, from 30 to 15 percent( Germany about 25 percent).In the meantime, other countries, including France and Great Britain, have introduced similar systems.
Foodwatch has launched a hands-on campaign, which calls for the smiley-system for Germany."It must be done with secrecy," it says.(ad)
A few years ago the food scandal around the Bavarian big bakery Müller-Brot caused weeks of headlines. In the production sites, disgusting things like mice and cockroaches were found. The scandal obviously did not provide for a significant improvement. There are still serious hygienic deficiencies in some bakeries, as a recent report shows. The authorities are silent about the situation.