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France Steps up Food Inspection over Festive Period

03 December 2013

FRANCE - The French food safety authorities are to step up inspections of food premises over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

From 2 December to 10 January they will be mobilizing and army of 4,000 inspectors to help strenghten controls over food safety.

The French Ministry of Agriculture Food and Forestry said that the season sees increased demand for certain types of food products including shellfish. Foie Gras, venison and certain poultry products.

And with the increased production and flows of food in the food chain there is a need for increased inspection.

The inspectors will be concentrating on production and processing facilities, fish and game markets, caterers and also the food transport operators.

The ministry said the inspectors will ensure that all food is produced, transported and delivered in the most hygienic way and they will also checking labelling to ensure there has been no relabelling, repackaging or spraying of shell fish.

Last year the same increased inspection saw 6,117 inspections carried out discovering 11.5 per cent offences in the commercial catering sector and 7.7 per cent offences in the food distribution sector. This was compared to 11.6 per cent and 10.5 per cent in the previous year.

Closure orders were made against 47 businesses.

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