Bulgarian food safety inspectors start ‘intensive’ checks at Black Sea resorts

Bulgarian Food Safety Agency teams of inspectors have started “intensive” check-ups at the country’s Black Sea coast resorts, agency head Yordan Voinov said on June 25 2012.

Special offices had been opened at the resorts ofSunnyBeach, Golden Sands, Albena, Sozopol and Pomorie for people to report food of questionable quality, Voinov said.

Confiscations of food so far were lower than in summer 2011, currently adding up to less than 100kg. Fines for those breaking food safety rules range from 500 leva (about 250 euro) upwards.

Voinov said that everything connected with the sale of food was being checked, including documents, the state of kitchens and whether employees involved in the preparation of food have proper vocational training.

He said that the agency wanted the Health Ministry to change its regulations to make sure that kitchen staff undergo medical checks more than once. In a recent incident, a staphylococcus infection of adults and children at a resort had been traced to food preparation personnel, Voinov said.

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