Market controls escalate in anticipation of holidays – Sp. Libanos: Our goal is to protect consumers and producers


Controls in the run-up to the Christmas holidays are escalating, with the Ministry of Rural Development and Food seeking to “clean up”, as much as possible, the market from phenomena that these days can cause harm to consumers and producers but also discredit the Greek products.

As early as December 15, members of EFET, ELGO and the Directorates of Agricultural Economy and Veterinary Medicine (DAOK) are “scanning” the market and the entrances of the country in order to prevent counterfeiting of products and illegal Hellenization.

The Minister of Rural Development and Food, Spilios Libanos, set up a working group under the secretary general. of the Ministry of Regional Development, Christiana Kalogirou, whose task is to coordinate the official controls in the meat distribution chain and the compliance of the market with the traceability and labeling of meat.

Our goal is the protection of the consumer and the marketing of quality controlled products, said Minister Spilios Libanos, in APE-MPE, noting that the controls are continuous and continuous in order to “strengthen and promote Greek products and protect producers. from Hellenizations, with the ultimate goal of making our products more competitive. This is not an occasional policy. This is our conscious political choice and for this reason a Special Working Group was set up to coordinate the audits, “said Mr. Libanos. He also stressed that the ministry’s goal is to establish fair rules for all and strict controls everywhere for their observance. “Cunning and cunning have no place in a healthy market, as we want the market to work. With our policy we strengthen the producer, we support Greek products and we protect the consumer. It is a policy that has succeeded and its results are already visible and a typical example is the prices of milk, which from 0.80 euros per liter a year ago, now our breeders are concluding contracts with 1.30 euros ” .

According to the data so far, from December 15-17, 21 control levels were active, of which 16 of EFET and 5 of DAOK.

Of these, 177 inspections were carried out, of which 83 inspections at retail (25 in supermarkets, 58 in butchers), 40 inspections in meat processing and marketing facilities / cold stores and 54 in companies that support the Christmas market.
During the inspections, findings of non-compliance were recorded in 6 butchers and 1 bakery, where 175 kilos of offal of Dutch origin were seized due to non-indication of expiration date, seizure of 100 kilos of unlabeled meat and 35.5 kilos of beef due to expiration date of preservation. In addition, 34 kilos of traditional sausages were confiscated for the use of unauthorized additives and 34 kilos of confectionery raw materials were confiscated due to the expiration date of maintenance, with consequent sanctions.

Also, Veterinary Piraeus, in 60 inspections carried out from 13 to 17 December, proceeded with 7 seizures, one recommendation and one seizure of products.

Checks at the border as well

Also, the General Directorate of Veterinary Medicine has taken specific actions following the order of Mr. Libanos, to strengthen controls in the market.

Specifically, as mentioned by YPAAT executives in the APE-MPE, there is:

– daily information on incoming pigs

– flow of information – from the Slaughterhouse Department – by telephone and electronic communication to the Directorates – Veterinary Departments that received the said consignments to confirm the arrival and the final destination (fattening or reproduction or slaughter)

– communication with the Customs authorities (Bastion) from 15/12 for the incoming trucks with live animals and carcasses (viber photographic material)

– continuous communication with the competent DAOK regarding the documents of movement of live animals

– continuous communication with the slaughterhouses where the animals of EU origin will be slaughtered for their obligation to send the invoices for the movement of the carcasses produced

– receipt of invoices and their promotion to ELGO DIMITRA.

Drafting a circular with instructions for the official veterinarians responsible for inspections in slaughterhouses.

At the same time, a Working Group was set up to coordinate the conduct of official controls on the meat distribution chain and market compliance with meat traceability and labeling.
THE Working Group, will refer to the Minister of Rural Development and Food, to whom he will deliver a conclusion with all the controls. The Working Group will complete its work on January 20, 2022 and is unpaid.  

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