Report into dodgy food released

first_imgBy Evie AndreouSALMONELLA-INFECTED salads and mouldy pastries were some of the unsuitable food samples the state lab detected last year, but overall the quality of foodstuff is satisfactory the service said on Monday.According to the lab’s annual report for 2014, 2.3 per cent out of the 1447 samples tested were deemed as unsuitable for consumption.The service conducted the tests through the national ‘national sampling programme’ which is designed and implemented in cooperation with the state health services, municipalities and the Nicosia school district.According to the report, salmonella was detected in two salad samples, one from a restaurant the other from a rotisserie, as well as in one sheftalia sample sold in the market.In six smoked salmon samples sold in the market and in a hotel, L. monocytogenes were detected exceeding permissible levels, the report said.“As regards to imported products, salmonella was detected in 20 sesame samples from two batches from India and e-coli was detected in five samples from one batch, of frozen lamb from New Zealand,” it said.The focus of the tests was in food categories which have been the subject of EU alerts in recent years and fragile foodstuff which is more susceptible to contamination, the report said.The service also investigated 75 complaints from consumers, as well as 27 food poisoning complaints.Out of the 75 complaints, the report said, almost one third of samples were deemed as unsuitable for consumption including yoghurts and mouldy pastries.As regards to food poisoning complaints, high levels of staphylococci were detected in one sandwich and in raw chicken, it said.“The microbiological quality of foodstuff in the Cypriot market is deemed satisfactory. Despite that non satisfactory products presented a slight increase, this is due to better targeting of more fragile food categories and also to the increased number of complaints from consumers,” the report said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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