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Food & Veterinary Agency conducts 738 inspections, finds oversights, fines two businesses

Eighty oversights in the implementation of coronavirus measures were found by the Food and Veterinary Agency over the past two weeks, including inconsistencies in hygiene practices and vendors selling products past their expiration date. 

Skopje, 1 April 2020 (MIA) — Eighty oversights in the implementation of coronavirus measures were found by the Food and Veterinary Agency over the past two weeks, including inconsistencies in hygiene practices and vendors selling products past their expiration date. 

According to the FVA, its auditors issued 32 notices against these companies, ordered 46 measures of education, and fined two businesses. 

Over the past two weeks, inspectors and veterinarians carried out a total of 738 checksto see if supermarkets, grocery stores, restaurants, and butcher shops were respecting regulatory guidelinesas part of the FVA’s tighter controls it instituted on March 16.

The tighter controls, the FVA writes, are part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to minimize the adverse effects of the coronavirus, and its spread, in the food sector.

The agency is paying particular attention to seeing if retail food operators—besides basic production, distribution, and retail standards—are following recommendations issued by the Government and the Infectious Diseases Committee.

These official guidelines advise regularly disinfecting transport vehicles, equipment and stores. 

In addition, the FVA advises all vendors to follow its own food safety guidelines to better handle the coronavirus crisis and mitigate its impact on North Macedonia. mr/

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