A widespread series of inspections was carried out in May on all classes of food retailers throughout Slovakia, with the findings showing no improvement in the number of hygiene and other violations.
The results of May’s 4,350 random checks were announced yesterday by agriculture minister Lubomir Jahnatek, who informed that deficiencies were found in around 15.5% of cases, while this figure increased to over 60% in the case of the worst culprit, Metro cash&carry.
Metro reacted with surprise, pointing out from the 12 inspections made in May, only 3 inspections found shortcoming, with fines of just EUR 260 for minor discrepancies. Other retail chains found with breaches include Carrefour, Tesco Stores, Kaufland and Billa. Two stores had to be closed until shortcomings were eliminated.