Food Safety and Quality in Europe

Illegal food samples

Since the project has started, many illegal imported food samples were found at different airports.

Below you can find some examples from different countries:

  • Slovenia

The 103 samples were taken on ground border between Slovenia and Croatia (Obrežje) and at the Jože Pučnik Airport (Brnik, Ljubljana).

Illegal food samples:

Mostly they found soft and cottage cheese, pork, poultry meat, butter and eggs.

The samples come from Albania, Serbia, China, Brazil, Georgia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Turkey. Microbes of Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella and VTEC have been found.

Food Safety Reports:

In Slovenia the Health Inspectorat, Public Health Institutes and Veterinary Authority carry out food safety monitorings and publish their results in yearly reports.

  • Austria

During the official import controls the samples were taken by veterinarians at the border inspection posts (Airport Vienna, Airport Linz).
83 samples of vegetable-based foods (out of 952 import controls) and 14 samples of animal food products (out of 161 import controls) were analysed by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) in the year 2012.

Illegal food samples:

Vegetable-based foods: In 4 cases the samples did not match the European food safety standards. 1 case: figs from Turkey because of contamination with Aflatoxins, 3 cases: Okra from India because of pesticide residues.

Animal food products:  2 samples did not match the European food safety standards (meat and meat products). In 1 case (import of fish products) Listeria monocytogenes was found.

Food Safety Reports:

You can find the annual food safety report published from the Federal Ministry of Health here.


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These are some pictures from Slovenia: