Number of faulty food items goes up 1.2 times in Sverdlovsk Region

19 May 2015 (09:17)

May 19, 2015. The number of faulty food items with quality and safety problems offered for sale at Sverdlovsk Region retail stores rose by 1.2 times last year compared with a year earlier, Sverdlovsk Region division of Rospotrebnadzor (the state consumer rights watchdog) reports.

7,333 instances when poor quality foods were on sale at stores were detected in 2014. Most of the cases were related to violation of trade regulations (67%) and manufacturing defects (27%). The number of cases when foods were offered for sale that were past their sell-by date went up by 1.5 times.

Rospotrebnadzor officials issued 3,000 orders to eliminate the legal violations, 414 reports, and 379 orders to develop a set of preventive steps. Moreover, all those responsible had to face administrative liability, and over 3,000 fines (20m RUR all in all) were issued. Also, in 58 instances, the retailers had to stop operating temporarily until they started complying with the sanitary regulations.

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