THE regional government’s Equality, Health and Social Policies delegation inspected 4,192 Almeria Province food sector establishments last year.
Throughout the year inspections evaluate possible health hazards in food factories and industries, restaurants, bars and food retailers.
Only 1.6 per cent of all the establishments that were inspected last year were classified as having ‘serious deficiencies’ and failed to make the grade, revealed Public Health officials. These cases were then referred to the Procedures Section to start disciplinary action.
Twelve businesses were closed as a precautionary measure in 2014. In a further 13 cases, products that inspectors considered a health risk were removed from sale. “The object of the Health Department’s actions is food safety,” the same sources said.
There were seven alerts arising from food poisoning last year, of which three were traced to commercial establishments and four to private homes.
“As time goes by there are fewer notifications of outbreaks caused by food and fewer members of public are affected,” the officials said. “That is due to the preventative role played by the health inspectors, growing awareness in the food sector and promoting healthier habits.”