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ACTIVITY REPORT 2013 Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety Imprint Publisher Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) in the division of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection P.O. Box 39 49 26029 Oldenburg Telephone 0441 57026-0 Fax 0441 57026-179 www.laves.niedersachsen .de © August 2014 Concept and editing of the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) Hiltrud Schrandt MA, Dr. Silke Klotzhuber, Prof. Dr. Michael Kühne Graphic concept and realization MUNDO-DESIGN Hamburg www.mundo-design.de Photo credits Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES): Page 4, 16: Press and Public Relations Office, Page 26: Department 2, Page 45: Department 3 ; Kämmmereit, page 46 Department 3; Dr. Jürgen Bäthe, page 50: Department 3; Diekmann, page 57: Department 4, page 71: Department 5, page 72: Department 5; Dr. R., Gina Sanders, page 29: alexnika, page 30: Kathleen Rekowski, Sophia Winters, page 31: pure-life-pictures, contrastwerkstatt, mixov, page 32: Deyan Georgiev, page 33: Robert Hoetink, page 35: contrastwerkstatt, Page 36: michaeljung, pico, page 40: creative studio, Conny Hagen, bit24, page 43: Vasiliy Koval, countrylens, page 44: Ilan Amith, page 53: Jens Ottoson, page 54: Kybele, Robert Kneschke, page 55: atoss , Bergringfoto, page 56: Lulla, page 59: Budimir Jevtic, page 60: VRD, page 66: Zerbor, page 73: Kzenon, karaidel, page 78: Jeanette Dietl, page 79: Brebca, Valentina R.Dr. Eberhard Haunhorst President of LAVES In 2013, the implementation of the first strengthening stage began, which provides for 67.5 positions, including: for, veterinarians * and other scientists, inspectors, laboratory workers and administrative staff. Strengthening the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety The Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) is a central authority for consumer health protection in Lower Saxony. After Lower Saxony's state elections in January 2013, the state government decided to strengthen the LAVES financially, personally and legally by gradually expanding controls in the areas of food and feed monitoring, veterinary drug control, animal welfare, organic farming and the import, transit and export of food. The plan is to implement a three-stage strengthening package with a total of around 180 additional positions in LAVES over the next few years. In 2014 and 2015, the second and third strengthening stages of the LAVES are to follow. Here, among other things, a strengthening of the food monitoring through the LAVES as well as a further improvement in the area of ​​the dioxin analysis can be achieved New: Task Force Consumer Protection in LAVES As part of the first stage, the establishment of a so-called Task Force Consumer Protection in LAVES, decided by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (ML), was promoted. This should function as a powerful LAVES unit in the field of food safety and consumer protection and serve as a coordination center for the prevention of food scandals and in the event of a crisis. The task force unit should consist of a core team of specialized experts, which can be increased in the event of a crisis, as well as form mobile control units and act together with other LAVES experts and employees of the municipal monitoring authorities. The Consumer Protection Task Force is currently in the process of conceptual preparation for the performance of its tasks, and the first employees have already been hired. In addition, the task force is already working intensively on the creation of a crisis management manual initiated by the ML. The measures to strengthen the LAVES are measures to strengthen food and feed safety, the safety of other consumer-relevant products as well as animal health and animal welfare in Lower Saxony and thus measures to strengthen consumer health protection as a whole. This is particularly important against the background of the diverse food and feed scandals that occur regularly, and of which Lower Saxony, as the number one agricultural country, is often particularly affected. * For reasons of linguistic simplicity, only the masculine form is used in the following text. This expressly includes the female form. 4 5 NORDSEE Institute for Fish and Fishery Products Cuxhaven CUXHAVEN Feed Institute Stade Food and feed scandals 2013 In 2013, Lower Saxony and thus LAVES was confronted with a number of food and feed scandals. These included the overcrowding in laying hen farms with possibly millions of incorrectly declared eggs in February 2013, the “horse meat scandal” at the beginning of March 2013 (horse meat declared as beef in ready-made products such as lasagne, ravioli and goulash; Europe-wide extent) and the suspicion of processing “rotten meat "As well as the non-declaration of mechanically separated meat in a cutting plant in western Lower Saxony (November 2013). A feed scandal in Lower Saxony reached a particularly serious extent. At the beginning of March 2013, it became known that feed maize contaminated with the mold toxin aflatoxin B1 from Serbia to Lower Saxony was being imported. Risk management measures for mold toxins in feed maize by LAVES The LAVES then initiated an immediate halt to the delivery of Serbian feed maize from the warehouse and the temporary closure of the feed companies concerned (processing of the contaminated feed maize into animal feed) and farms (feeding the contaminated maize to livestock) especially dairy farms). In addition, extensive official feed and food samples were taken from LAVES (especially milk and eggs) and the analysis of these samples was arranged in the LAVES institutes. In the case of maize from Serbia, the maximum permissible content of aflatoxin B1 in feed was exceeded several times. In the investigation of animal products, however, no exceedance of the maximum amount was verified. (All test results of milk samples were negative; all samples from the kidneys or liver of turkeys, cows, pigs, chickens and ducks were also normal.) At the end of March 2013, when feed maize from Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Ukraine and Serbia was again contaminated with aflatoxins at the end of March 2013 reached feed companies in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia via the Netherlands (Rotterdam), the LAVES, as the enforcement authority for feed monitoring 6 in Lower Saxony and Bremen, issued so-called general decrees to protect consumers against the dangers of aflatoxins in feed and food. This imposed the following obligations on feed manufacturers in Lower Saxony and Bremen who had obtained feed maize from the 2012 harvest from Serbia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and the Ukraine. Obligation to notify LAVES of the feed concerned (within one week of receipt) Ban on the transport of feed (also no return to sub-suppliers) Obligation to release the affected feed lots by LAVES only after sampling and testing for aflatoxin B1 by an accredited laboratory STADE Institute for Consumer Goods Lüneburg Presidium & Specialist Departments Food and Veterinary Institute Oldenburg LÜNEBURG OLDENBURG NIEDERSACHSEN CELLE Food and Veterinary Institute Braunschweig / Hanover Institute for Apiculture Celle HANNOVER BRAUNSCHWEIG These time-limited general decrees steered the aflatoxin occurrence in a positive direction for the authorities and are also suitable instruments for consumer protection in the future. if consumer health protection cannot be guaranteed by other measures. For LAVES, 2013 was marked by the strengthening of the state office decided by the Lower Saxony state government. The implementation of the strengthening package has started, further measures are to follow. In addition, the aforementioned “crises” had to be dealt with. The present annual report shows the whole range of the diverse tasks of the LAVES, which were also excellently fulfilled in 2013 thanks to the committed commitment of the LAVES employees. For this I would like to thank all LAVES employees very much! At the same time, I wish the readers of this report an interesting and informative read. Prof. Dr. Eberhard Haunhorst President of LAVES Niedersächsisches La für Konsumenterschu und Lebensmittelich Technical departments and departments The Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) is responsible nationwide for the examination and assessment of official samples from all process and production stages of the food chain. Around 900 employees at LAVES are committed to consumer protection. You are entrusted with tasks in the areas of food and consumer goods monitoring, feed monitoring, meat hygiene, veterinary drug monitoring, animal disease control, removal of animal by-products, animal welfare, organic farming, market monitoring and technical process monitoring. Research institutes throughout Lower Saxony are members of LAVES and carry out almost 2 million tests on food and feed, commodities and animals every year. The headquarters are in Oldenburg. This is also where the specialist departments are located, which take on direct enforcement tasks and advise and support the municipal authorities in questions of food monitoring, animal health, pest control and animal welfare. The staff unit administers the QM documents and advises the management of the LAVES as well as the department heads on all questions relating to quality management. This also includes support with internal and external audits. Another important task is the further development of the QM system. Documents and regulations are continuously adapted to the needs and requirements of practice as well as to changed structures. In addition to the requirements of DIN EN ISO 9001, those of the country’s uniform QM system (EQUINO) must also be complied with. The QM department coordinates customer surveys of the LAVES and carries them out in coordination with the organizational units of the LAVES. In addition, the administration for the official suggestion scheme is part of the QM staff unit. 10 The staff in the quality management department take care of all questions relating to quality. The main tasks are in detail: Compliance with the requirements of DIN EN ISO 9001 in the current version Advising the management of the LAVES and the department and institute management as well as the quality management assistants, the representatives according to ISO 17025 in the institutes and the other contact persons in the QM departments -Questions, coordination of the (re) certifications and audits that arise, adaptation of the QM system and the overall concept to changing objectives, organizational structures and the status of legal requirements, development of suggestions for improvement and forwarding to the management of the authorities in order to ensure appropriate and coordinated measures to avoid errors, as well as Coordination and support in the implementation of the measures subsequently taken Coordination and implementation of customer surveys 11 Dr. Astrid Rohrdanz PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE Main tasks: Information in print and digital media The office coordinates and updates the website and looks after the entire LAVES offer on the World Wide Web. Current topics are immediately and regularly prepared for the Internet in close cooperation with the institutes and the departments. More than 150 articles were developed in 2013 and published on the homepage. Information for consumers and experts More safety for the consumer - that is the declared aim of consumer health protection. To achieve this goal, transparent and credible educational work is required. The LAVES press and public relations department provides objective, understandable, up-to-date and dialogue-oriented information on all aspects of consumer health protection and food safety. The flow of information with internal and external institutions is continuously maintained, and the sympathy and trust of the public are won and maintained through transparency and service. 12 Expansion of the “Food Hygiene” focus pages on the Internet Food-related diseases pose a risk to the health of consumers. These infections are triggered by pathogens such as Salmonella, EHEC, Campylobacter or Clostridia. They usually manifest themselves in the form of gastrointestinal diseases that are accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. As a rule, these diseases take a mild course and subside on their own, but they can also lead to life-threatening conditions. The aim of LAVES as the central authority for consumer health protection in Lower Saxony is to counteract food-borne diseases. Continuous risk communication is an important tool. 13 LAVES on the Internet at: www.laves. niedersachsen.de Office for Press and Public Relations Office for Press and Public Relations For this reason, information and tips on the subject of "food hygiene" were compiled and published on the LAVES homepage. In addition to the most important information about pathogens, their routes of transmission and foods with a particular risk, symptoms and possibilities for prevention are presented in the form of a fact sheet. The most frequent questions about the diseases are answered in an understandable and consumer-oriented manner. Contributions to hygiene rules in the household as well as the correct storage of food help consumers to prevent food-borne disease outbreaks. Lower Saxony IN FORM online: www.inform. niedersachsen.de The "Niedersachsen IN FORM" internet portal is also editorially and organizationally supervised by the press and public relations department. It offers information about nutrition and food and also addresses the topic of exercise. The website bundles information from regional and national providers and shows a wealth of projects and offers from the districts of Lower Saxony. The media world is subject to increasing change. In addition to traditional media, consumers are increasingly getting their information from the Internet. Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and forums are changing communication and becoming more important. LAVES has been facing this trend since last year. With Twitter, LAVES has been using another channel since August 2013 to draw attention to current topics. Various events for multipliers Lectures about LAVES and its work are important events for multipliers. Their organization and coordination are part of the area of ​​responsibility of the press and public relations department. The symposium “Lower Saxony Forum on Consumer Health Protection”, conceived and organized by the staff unit, takes place every two years. For the sixth time, LAVES, in cooperation with the German Nutrition Society (DGE) and the Lower Saxony Medical Association (ÄKN), organized the “Lower Saxony Forum for Consumer Health Protection”. PD Dr. Gaby-Fleur Böl (BfR), Prof. Dr. Eberhard Haunhorst (LAVES), Prof. Dr. Helmut K. Seitz (University of Heidelberg) and PD Dr. Thomas Ellrott (DGE). In this series of lectures, the experts addressed questions such as: “Are our foods safe?”, “How sensible are toxicological limit values?” “What influence can consumers have?”. As in previous years, visitors from a wide variety of specialist disciplines such as human and veterinary medicine, nutritional advice and science as well as agricultural science took part in the event. The next "Lower Saxony Consumer Health Protection Forum" is planned for spring 2015. LAVES on Twitter: LAVES goes to school - a contribution to strengthening consumer education in Lower Saxony. Only an informed consumer is a responsible consumer and can protect himself against deception in everyday life. In order to strengthen consumer education, experts from LAVES visit school classes and thus bring schoolchildren of all ages closer to topics relating to consumer health protection. https://twitter.com/LAVESnds This year the press office presented the work of the LAVES to the students of the Bad Iburg high school in the Osnabrück district. Along the food chain, information on consumer health protection in Lower Saxony and on the 14 goals and tasks of the LAVES was conveyed. In particular, the eighth grade students dealt with the food egg and found out what the producer code is all about.This made it clear to them what exactly lies behind the different housing systems of laying hens and where the difference lies between an egg from conventional housing and an egg from organic housing. A very lively discussion arose with the question: whether and what role the way of keeping the laying hen plays in the decision to buy an egg? "LAVES at a glance" or "Lower Saxony IN FORM" are available there. More information at: www.laves. niedersachsen.de 1 - DE - XX - YYYY - Z Extensive information for consumers Consumers have the option of receiving information from LAVES by telephone, email or in writing. Eggs must be marked with a corresponding producer code. For the institutes 'and departments' own symposia, the staff unit takes on the accompanying press work. Detailed information in compact form The activity report is an important source of information - especially for experts, but also for interested consumers. The concept has proven itself: clearly laid out pages, provided with short, to the point articles. The complete LAVES activity report is available for download on the Internet or can be ordered there as a printed copy. There are also flyers such as “More safety for the consumer”, “Mycotoxins - the toxins of mold”. In 2013, numerous such inquiries were coordinated and processed. In order to be able to inform the public quickly and comprehensively in the event of a crisis, optimal preparation is important. If a crisis occurs, a consumer hotline is set up in close cooperation with the relevant specialist department. Practical semester in press and public relations Students are intensively accompanied and supported in the practical semester and / or on the way to a Bachelor, Master or Diploma in the field of press and public relations. Other interns from studies and school are also looked after. Participation in committees is also one of the diverse tasks of the staff unit. 15 Press and Public Relations Office Press and Public Relations Office The LAVES in the media The LAVES has achieved a high level of awareness. The media are an important link in the educational work for the public: Preparing press conferences, interviews and supporting journalists in obtaining information on the current situation are part of day-to-day business - just like writing press releases, holding press conferences and maintaining them of contacts to media representatives. The LAVES is an important and much sought-after source of information not only for the regional, but also for the national and international media: news agencies from home and abroad, large national and regional television stations as well as numerous newspapers and news magazines use the LAVES for inquiries as part of their research on current topics and interviews. The daily analysis and evaluation of these and other media contributions are among the most important tasks of the staff unit. For this very extensive range of tasks in press and public relations, four and a half full-time positions * were available again from autumn 2013. * Including third-party funding The following articles give an insight into the diverse topics with which the LAVES 2013 was in the public eye. "LAVES - a look behind the scenes" Under this motto, the Nordwest-Zeitung Oldenburg presented the tasks of the LAVES in a series: one year long, one detailed article every month. In the series, LAVES gave an insight into the wide range of topics at the institutes and headquarters. An interview with the President, Prof. Dr. Eberhard Haunhorst, completed the series in January 2014. LAVES has six institutes across Lower Saxony - the headquarters with its five departments is based in Oldenburg. 16 Frozen vegetables examined for pesticide residues Frozen vegetables make vegetables of good quality available all year round. But what about the pollution caused by pesticides? The Food and Veterinary Institute (LVI) Oldenburg investigated this question. The positive result: 37 samples (peas, beans, cauliflower, leek, etc.) were examined and none of the samples exceeded the statutory maximum levels. This press release received particular attention from the various internet portals. Horse meat On February 12, 2013, the German authorities received a notification from the authorities in Luxembourg via the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) about possibly incorrectly labeled products containing horse meat. Extensive investigations by the food companies concerned and the responsible supervisory authorities had confirmed the suspicion that products containing horse meat without the appropriate labeling were also being placed on the market in Germany. Lower Saxony was also affected. The Food and Veterinary Institute (LVI) Hanover / Braunschweig examined hundreds of samples (detailed information on pages 36 and 65). In addition, inquiries and interviews among others. by: ARD, ZDF, dpa, NDR television and radio, NDR Info, RTL, SAT1, Focus, Der Spiegel, Stern, Die ZEIT, NordwestZeitung, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung and Weser-Kurier Bremen. Overcrowding in laying hen farms “The farmer's confession. Prosecutors raided hundreds of farms. The suspicion: organic eggs were wrongly declared, chickens were tortured in overcrowded stalls. ”(Der Spiegel 9/2013) The Oldenburg public prosecutor's office is investigating millions of incorrectly declared eggs. Agriculture Minister Christian Meyer stated in his press release of February 27, 2013: "As a consequence of the public prosecutor's investigations into more than 150 laying hen farms in Lower Saxony due to overcrowding in stables, the state government will give the State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety significantly more control and monitoring powers." Reporting in Der Spiegel (9/2013), the great media interest is still today: WDR, dpa, Hessischer Rundfunk, TAZ Berlin, Süddeutsche Zeitung, ARD Fakt, Frontal 21, ZDF, NDR Radio und Fernsehen, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Nordwest- Newspaper and much more Aflatoxin in fodder maize In fodder maize from Serbia, maximum levels of aflatoxin B1 were found to be exceeded in February 2013. The affected maize consignment comprised a total of 45,000 tons and was imported via the port in Brake in Lower Saxony. Around 10,000 tons of this delivery could be blocked in Brake and around 25,000 tons in a warehouse in Bremen. Around 10,000 tons had already been sent to feed manufacturers in Lower Saxony, who processed the maize for the production of compound feed for cattle, pigs and poultry and delivered it to companies in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia (detailed reports on pages 30, 55 and 100). This feed scandal was a topic of public discussion for months. Until the summer of 2013, there were repeated reports in the media. In addition press and interview inquiries, among others. by: Der Spiegel, dpa, Focus, Germany Radio, RBB Berlin, Radio Bremen, WDR, RTL, SAT1, Süddeutsche Zeitung, TAZ Berlin, Hamburger Abendblatt, Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, Leipziger Zeitung, Nordwest-Zeitung, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftsblatt Wien . Children's sausage under the microscope Colorful packaging with cartoon characters and sausages with funny motifs are very popular with children. The trend to advertise meat products with a special presentation especially for children is unbroken. The LVI Oldenburg took a closer look at 16 different sausage products for their composition, the use of additives and the labeling. Five products did not meet the legal requirements for labeling; four were criticized for incorrect nutritional labeling, and the sales description for another product was poor. This press release received a lot of media coverage in the daily newspapers and various Internet portals. 17 Press and Public Relations Office Press and Public Relations Office Inaugural visit and press conference with Consumer Protection Minister Christian Meyer During his inaugural visit in May 2013, Minister Meyer and his State Secretary expressed their thanks and appreciation for the work they had done in overcoming the crises: “Horse meat, cheat -Eggs and mold in feed were also discovered and dealt with thanks to the competent work of the employees in LAVES and in the municipalities. In order to be prepared for future crises and the increased requirements in animal welfare, in reducing the use of antibiotics as well as food and feed safety, the state government will significantly upgrade consumer protection politically and strengthen LAVES technically, financially and personally. ”Media representatives attended the press conference from all over Lower Saxony. Bees are threatened with starvation The cold weather well into spring 2013 made it difficult for the bees. The bee colonies threatened to starve to death, although there was enough food in the beehives. The bees consumed a lot of food in the long winter and sometimes moved too far away from the remaining food stocks. The clear media interest was also evident in the press release "Successful control of American foulbrood in bees in Lower Saxony". Further information at www.laves.niedersachsen.de. 18 20 years of nationwide unique specialization and 65th anniversary The Institute for Consumer Goods (IfB) Lüneburg celebrated this special anniversary with a symposium. In the press release, Minister Christian Meyer paid special tribute to the institute: “In Lower Saxony, consumer protection is finally getting the priority it deserves. Especially in the area of ​​everyday objects such as toys and cosmetics, we need a high level of security against dangers, pollutants and scam labels. ”The IfB is the only institute in Germany in which only consumer goods and cosmetic products are examined and assessed. After this event, the institute moved more and more into the focus of the media. Reports about this highly specialized work followed. The press release and further information about the institute can be found at www.laves.niedersachsen.de and on page 94. Summertime is high season for ice cream and for the laboratories “It's summer and a refreshing ice cream is part of it - the range is varied and colorful. High season for the laboratories: Numerous samples of ice cream from smaller craft businesses were checked in the LVI Oldenburg and in the LVI Braunschweig / Hanover. On the one hand, the experts examine the ice cream samples for germs, and on the other hand, special attention was paid to pathogens such as salmonella, which fortunately were not detected in any of the samples. ”The press release on the summer topic“ ice cream ”met with great interest from the media and consumers. Summer time - grilling time: marinated grilled meat checked In the grilling season, ready-to-cook meat, for example marinated pork schnitzel, steaks or chops, is very popular. Marinating not only makes the meat flavorful, it also makes it more tender. However, heavily seasoned marinades can not only mask unpleasant smells - for example, if the meat is no longer completely fresh. It is therefore gratifying that none of the 61 samples were spoiled on receipt - they did not show any signs of spoilage in terms of appearance, smell or microbiological examination. The press release can be found on the website. Seals: The population has stabilized at a high level The seals in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea are doing well: 8,082 animals were counted in the summer of 2013 during the flights between Ems and Elbe. The results in detail: A total of 315 seals were recorded less than in the previous year - in 2012 with 8,397 animals. The proportion of young animals is slightly lower than in the previous year: 1,373 (2013) and 1,977 (2012). But overall the stock has stabilized at a high level. According to the experts, the seals appear healthy and strengthened and there is no evidence of illness (see also page 91). The press release triggered numerous inquiries and interviews not only nationwide, but also from the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland. Consumer protection and activity report presented In a joint press conference of the Lower Saxony Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, LAVES and the Lower Saxony District Assembly, the two reports were presented in Hanover at the state press conference. Press release and downloads at www.laves.niedersachsen.de. The media coverage: dpa, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Presse Hannover, Nordwest-Zeitung, Braunschweiger Zeitung, Focus, BILD, Weser-Kurier Bremen, NDR, RTL etc. Careful use of mouthwash is recommended. Well-cared for teeth stay healthy. But mouthwash can contain active ingredients which, if used incorrectly, can harm your health. IfB Lüneburg has tested mouthwashes and mouthwash concentrates for fluoride and alcohol levels. The fluoride levels were all below the statutory maximum, but some products contained significant amounts of alcohol. A detailed report and the press release can be found on the Internet. Toys for toddlers - only a few complaints Good news during the Christmas season: Toys, regardless of whether they are made of wood, plastic or textiles, have to be safe - 457 samples have been examined at the IfB Lüneburg, with positive results. All details in the press release, which can be found on the LAVES homepage. More information at: www.laves. niedersachsen.de Dr. Silke Klotzhuber Hiltrud Schrandt M. A. Christina Schulz, B. Sc. 19 Department 1 of the LAVES: CENTRAL TASKS Department 1 - Central Tasks - performs cross-sectional and service functions. The employees provide, inter alia. ensure that the departments and investigation facilities have sufficient personnel and material resources available to carry out their specialist tasks. Essential tasks: Cross-sectional and service functions Department 1 bundles the cross-departmental activities of the LAVES. The main tasks are in detail: Innovative concepts for the work of institutes and departments Numbers at a glance 56.15 full-time positions * 79 LAVES trainees total 1,799 consultations 423 controls 664,600 euros investments * incl. Third-party funding agencies and employee representation The “Central Tasks” department is responsible for interdisciplinary and cross-departmental tasks within LAVES. This includes the provision of personnel and material resources, the development of new concepts in information processing and cost and performance accounting. The “Technical Experts” department is also assigned to Department 1 due to its overarching tasks. The tight budget situation makes the work a constant challenge. A central concern of Department 1 is therefore always organizational measures to achieve synergies. The decision made by politicians in 2013 to strengthen the LAVES in terms of personnel, financially and legally as part of the expansion of the official control systems in consumer health protection requires a high level of coordination effort and intelligent solutions by Department 1. 20 Personnel and job management for approx 900 employees, including approx. 80 trainees, food chemistry interns and trainee lawyers Budget planning / household management with a volume of approx. 54 million euros, of which approx. 37 million euros were for personnel expenses and approx. 3.3 million were almost 70 participants accepted the invitation and came to Hanover in the premises of the state sports federation. The symposium provided ample space to discuss in detail the different views of all those involved with regard to the innovations at VIG. Lower Saxony's Agriculture Minister Christian Meyer emphasized in the introduction that strengthening consumer protection was a primary goal of the state government. It is important to educate consumers about deception. Prof. Dr. Meyer, managing director of the NLT, appealed to the country to include the strengthening of consumer health protection at all official levels. Prof. Dr. As President of LAVES, Eberhard Haunhorst referred to the extensive experience of LAVES with the Consumer Information Act since 2008. In particular, major inquiries from associations and other institutions caused considerable administrative effort. The amendment in 2012 made the VIG more understandable, but the road to comprehensive transparency and clarification is not yet over. Subsequently, the legal bases for active and passive information for consumers by representatives 22 of authorities, the interest group of the food industry and the non-governmental organization Greenpeace were examined and their implementation discussed in several lectures and a concluding panel discussion. The focus here was on Section 40 (1a) LFGB - the standard for the publication of, for example, limit values ​​being exceeded in food and feed.The amended Consumer Information Act (VIG) in practice 2013 The Consumer Information Act (VIG) came into force on May 1st, 2008. Since then, the food control authorities of the federal states are fundamentally obliged to grant the consumer the right to information. This right to information has been expanded by the amendment to the law since September 2012. In the future, consumers will not only be able to receive information about food, feed and commodities, cosmetics or wine, but also about technical consumer products within the meaning of the Product Safety Act, such as household appliances, furniture and do-it-yourself items. The right to receive information for everyone includes: Inadmissible deviations from food and feed law Dangers / risks for consumers from products or consumer products Access to data on the composition of products and consumer products as well as their properties, labeling, origin, use , Manufacture and treatment of products and consumer products Starting materials and the processes used in the extraction of the starting materials Monitoring measures, evaluation of these activities, statistics on violations The right to be granted information must be met, provided there are no grounds for exclusion or restriction, which arise in particular from Section 3 of the VIG can exist. In Lower Saxony, the following authorities are obliged to provide information: Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (ML) Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) Districts and urban districts NEW: According to the VIGÄndG, the state trade supervisory offices are required to provide information on consumer products that pose a risk to the Consumer health and safety and 1. which are not explicitly excluded from the scope of the Product Safety Act and 2. do not fall under legal provisions that contain corresponding or further requirements compared to the Product Safety Act. from legal provisions according to the LFGB and the ProdSG (§ 2 Paragraph 1 Clause 1 No. 1) up to an administrative expense of EUR 1,000 free of charge and expenses. Access to other information, i.e. information in accordance with Section 2 Paragraph 1 Clause 1 No. 2 to 7, is only free of charge up to an administrative expense of 250 euros. If the application is not processed free of charges and expenses, the applicant will be informed in advance of the expected amount of the fees and expenses. He is advised of the possibility of withdrawing or restricting his application. In 2013, all applications were processed in LAVES free of charge. In 2013, a total of 37 applications were submitted to LAVES. Applicants were both institutions and individual consumers. The average processing time was 17.8 days per application and was thus well below the processing period of one month stipulated in Section 5 (2) VIG. Franz-Christian Falk Andrea Jark Anja Völker In accordance with Section 7, Paragraph 1, Sentence VIG, access to information about non-permissible deviations from service offers, information sheets, guidelines and information can be downloaded, printed out and ordered: General information on the Consumer Information Act Vocational training at LAVES, training as a food chemist, and to the food inspector among others Inspection of nail guns in slaughterhouses 23 Department 2 of the LAVES: FOOD SAFETY Department 2 - Food Safety - consists of the three specialist departments “Food Monitoring and Cross-Border Trade”, “Task Force Consumer Protection” and “Veterinary Medicines Monitoring and Residue Control Service”. Projects and enforcement tasks for safe food In the first quarter of 2013, the activities of the “Food Monitoring and Cross-Border Trade” department and the “Consumer Protection Task Force” were significantly influenced by the aflatoxin in feed maize and the horse meat scandal. the municipal authorities and, in individual cases, the public prosecutor's office receive technical support. monitoring, testing facilities) ensured that only milk was brought into circulation that demonstrably did not contain any aflatoxin levels above the maximum values. In connection with the use of horse meat declared as beef, a large number of measures to protect consumers had to be coordinated, information had to be bundled in the form of situation reports, businesses in close coordination with In the second and third quarters, the ministry was delegated by a large number of veterinary experts from Supported the “Food Monitoring and Cross-Border Trade” department in a technical inspection of Lower Saxony export companies required by the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan). On the basis of the experience made here, a further strengthening of the department will be achieved in the short term. 37.52 full-time positions * 12,374 consultations ** 486 controls * including third-party funds ** consultations include, among other things, Official certificates, permits and approvals as well as the processing of legal information Since a contamination of milk obtained through feeding the feed maize from Serbia, which is contaminated with the mold toxin aflatoxin, could not be ruled out, in close coordination with the Lower Saxony Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, the previous Local competent local veterinary and food control authorities and the other affected bodies in LAVES (feed- 24 tes aimed both in terms of personnel and responsibilities. In the area of ​​the already existing responsibility for the approval of establishments and the risk-based review of the approval requirements, food establishments were also checked , which also includes public catering facilities that are subject to approval. As the contact point for the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, the department 2 also responsible for the coordination of measures in connection with the operation of the European 25 Department 2 of the LAVES // Food Safety Department 2 of the LAVES // Food Safety Rapid Alert System for food and commodities as well as the nationwide support of the Internet platform www.lebensmittelwarnung.de. As in previous years, an on-call service ensured consumer protection by the employees around the clock every day of the year. In the “Task Force Consumer Protection”, the routine work focused on the development of a concept for early risk detection, the establishment of an on-call service and the creation of a crisis management manual in close coordination with the responsible ministry and the local authorities. The risk-oriented review of the veterinary house pharmacies and the monitoring of the animal vaccine manufacturers of the "Veterinary Medicines Monitoring and Residue Control Service" department were two further focal points of the enforcement. Against the background of an intended minimization of the use of veterinary medicinal products, this department is to be reinforced in 2014. In the case of positive residue findings in samples of living animals and animal products on the basis of the National Residue Control Plan, extensive checks were carried out on the farms and veterinary pharmacies of the herd-supervising veterinarians. As a new task, a Lower Saxony contact point was set up as the central point of contact for control. Samples are taken from live animals. The contact point works closely with a new umbrella agency created by the federal and state governments in the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety. The focus is on identifying unregistered food businesses and products that can harm or mislead consumers. In addition to the enforcement tasks, food monitoring was further developed in the form of projects. As part of a cross-agency project, the hygiene status of three large bakeries was checked. After the inspection of further bakeries, the official monitoring in the form of recommendations for action is to be further developed on the basis of the interdisciplinary experience. Department 2 also took part in an inter-agency project to enforce food law requirements in the catering industry. Infringements were found in 161 companies, which were punished accordingly. The project is still ongoing. In addition, experts from Department 2 participated intensively in the legislative process to minimize the use of antibiotics in farm animal husbandry and in 2013 also worked in national committees that set standards for monitoring in the field of “veterinary drugs” and “animal vaccines”. Essential tasks: Monitoring, controlling, coordinating Department 2 of LAVES deals with the safety of food. The main tasks of the three specialist departments are in detail: Food monitoring and cross-border trade Approval of companies that bring food of animal origin into circulation Approval of mineral water wells Contact point EU rapid warning system Maintenance of the Internet platform www.lebensmittelwarnung.de Approval of counter-sample expert advice to the municipal veterinary offices and others Veterinary and food control authorities Coordination of measures for import, export and transit of food of animal and plant origin Veterinary drug monitoring, residue control service Monitoring of veterinary house pharmacies Monitoring of animal vaccine manufacturers, including issuing of export certificates for animal vaccines Monitoring of the drug advertising law Advice to the municipal veterinary and food monitoring authorities Veterinary medicinal products and residue monitoring Implementation of the National Residue Control Plan Official observation of exemptions according to § 68 LFGB Monitoring of advertising not accompanying the product, among other things. in the case of food, contact point for Internet trade, consumer protection task force, concept development for the consumer protection task force: tasks in routine and in the event, internal organization, office of the crisis management manual (KMH) early risk detection: data analysis, development of suggestions for measures, organization and implementation of emergency exercises and training events, participation in auditing of self-control systems in cooperation with the municipal food control authorities Collection, bundling and evaluation of information in the event of an incident / crisis Preparation of situation reports Data management Sample management Participation in the federal and state task force in accordance with the ML The consumer portal of the federal states and the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety can be found at www. food warning.de Hygiene status of three large bakeries checked 27 Department 2 of the LAVES // Food safety Department 2 of the LAVES // Food safety Main areas of work and special results Approval of establishments and controls of approved establishments - an overview In 2013 (as of December 31, 2013) there were 1,312 establishments Approved in Lower Saxony for the production and marketing of food of animal origin. Enforcement of food law provisions in the "catering trade" During the project "Enforcement of food law provisions in the catering trade" in 2012, 447 businesses were specifically checked by 14 Lower Saxony districts. There were 776 meat businesses, 191 fish businesses, 130 public catering businesses (large kitchens, canteens), 77 dairy businesses, 44 poultry businesses and 16 egg products. The remaining 78 establishments fall under the category of warehouses, freezers and cold stores. These were primarily: snack bars including mobile facilities (40%) dining establishments (36%) catering and delivery services (8%) grocery stores (including supermarkets) (1%) bakery branches and (independent) sales departments (1%) bakeries ( 1%) As the coordinating body, LAVES 2013 bundled the results of the controls. Infringements were found in 161 (36%) of the farms checked. 39% of these 161 companies violated more than one offense. Before a company is approved, a check is carried out in the applicant's premises to determine whether the approval requirements are met and whether approval can be granted. 65 controls of this type were carried out in 2013, eight of which could not be granted approval. After the initial operating approval, compliance with the approval requirements will continue to be checked regularly by the experts of the approval authority (LAVES) in close coordination with the municipal veterinary and food control authorities. In 2013, 139 inspections of approved companies were carried out. As in the previous year, deficiencies were primarily found in the structural condition and in the company's own internal checks. The detection of deficiencies could lead directly to the initiation of a procedure to withdraw the license. As a result, a hearing procedure had to be initiated against eleven companies. The suspension of approval was ordered at two companies, and approval was withdrawn from one. In addition, 37 additional checks were carried out in connection with investigations by the public prosecutor and at the request of other authorities. 28 The deceptive facts related to meat offered as doner kebab from a meat rotisserie (39%), which was offered as ham, which differed considerably from the general opinion of ham (25%), and cheese offered as sheep's cheese, which was not exclusively was made from sheep's milk (20%), cheese sold as “feta” that was not made in the prescribed geographical area (15%), products with insufficiently labeled mechanically separated meat (<1%). The punishments of the violations took place within the framework of a submission to the public prosecutor's office (54%), an injunction (41%), an oral warning without a warning fee (4%), and administrative offense proceedings in 1% of the cases. The results of the public prosecutor's offices are not yet conclusive. Approved establishments for communal catering in Lower Saxony At present, 124 establishments (as of 09/2013) with the operating mode kitchen / large kitchen are approved in Lower Saxony for the production of meals using unprocessed food of animal origin. Since 2009, 136 company inspections have been carried out as part of the approval or review of the approval requirements of institutions for communal catering. The so-called rule of thirds, d. H. the sale of more than a third to other retail establishments (no more secondary activity within the meaning of Section 6 of the Animal Food Hygiene Ordinance) also led to the approval of numerous small establishments. The evaluation of the risk assessments shows that serious deficiencies relevant to approval existed primarily in the self-check examinations (26.5%) and the structural condition (18.4%) of the establishments. Particularly in the case of small, grown-up businesses, it may be necessary to use a temporal separation of work processes with regard to the structural condition. On the other hand, only 0.7% of the establishments had serious deficiencies in terms of traceability, which can be assessed as extremely positive, especially given the aim of minimizing biological hazards along the food chain. Hygiene sampling in fish farms; Focus on the occurrence of Listeria monocytogenes Listeria (L.) monocytogenes is regulated as a food safety criterion in Regulation (EC) No. 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria. Due to the ubiquitous distribution of Listeria spp. L. monocytogenes is also detected in ready-to-eat fishery products, findings of 3 to 40% are not uncommon (FAO, 2004). This part of the nationwide monitoring plan (BÜp) 2011 was initiated within Department 21 and was intended to provide the monitoring authorities with an overview of the occurrence of L. monocytogenes in the fish industry. As part of the program, compliance with industrial hygiene in fish operations (focus on smoked fish manufacturers) was checked, including risk assessment, hygiene controls and product tests with regard to the occurrence of L. monocytogenes. The IFF Cuxhaven and the LUA Bremen are involved in the detailed planning. The federal states took part in the program with a total of 159 plant inspections and corresponding sampling. The BÜp was evaluated in 2012. No evidence of L. monocytogenes was found in farms that were classified as having no or only minor deficiencies according to the risk assessment.The results of this program show that Listeria contamination of smoked fish is still a problem, especially since higher bacterial counts of L. monocytogenes with the potential of health hazards were detected at the beginning of the declared best before date. 29 Department 2 of LAVES // Food Safety Department 2 of LAVES // Food Safety Project Parallel production in decentralized oil mills The background to the project was the question of whether parallel production of edible oil and bio-fuel (rapeseed oil) is possible in decentralized oil mills. In comparison to central oil mills, decentralized oil mills have a lower processing capacity (0.5 t to 25 t per day), are usually smaller and have fewer oil press systems. Up to the beginning of 2013 there were 15 decentralized oil mills in Lower Saxony, seven of them with parallel production and five with pure edible oil production. There were also three oil mills that only produce bio-fuel. Two oil mills stopped parallel production in 2013. Oil mills that only produce bio-fuel could not be visited. Result: The parallel production of edible oil and biofuel on the same plant is basically possible. However, the food law requirements must be complied with. Prior advice from the food control authorities is strongly recommended. In all cases of parallel production, the bio-fuel was food grade. A good hygienic standard was found in the small, specialized oil mills that only produce edible oils. No danger from aflatoxins in milk At the end of February 2013, a delivery of Serbian fodder maize was found to have exceeded the maximum aflatoxin content (see also the article on pages 55 and 100). Aflatoxin B 1 is a mold toxin that, among other things, can be formed by the naturally occurring fungus Aspergillus flavus and has a strong carcinogenic effect. Food and feed are therefore subject to strict maximum quantity regulations. Due to the fact that the maximum content was exceeded and the fact that portions of the potentially contaminated forage maize were also fed to cows, contamination of the milk obtained could not be ruled out. In a very short time, the municipal veterinary offices implemented the necessary measures in the affected producers: No milk was allowed to be given to dairies for which the test result was not negative. In this context, Department 2 coordinated the official submission and distribution of samples as well as the nationwide processing of information in the form of situation reports. The investigations revealed that the maximum salary was not exceeded, so that eleven days after the initial information was given, all regulated establishments could be released again. Establishment of a consumer protection task force The first quarter of 2013 brought major challenges for LAVES and the new consumer protection task force with the discovery of the mold toxin aflatoxin in feed maize and undeclared horse meat in beef products. The knowledge gained in this way was evaluated and taken into account with regard to the organization of this newly established unit. The task force also prepared the content for its new tasks. Work was carried out on a concept for early risk detection. Possible risks that could arise from various products were recorded, monitored and evaluated. For this purpose, status reports on individual events and suggestions for measures were drawn up. In addition, the establishment of an on-call service has been prepared, which is to be activated promptly. Together with the municipal authorities and the ministry, intensive work was carried out on the creation of a crisis management manual. In addition, the staffing and the distribution of tasks in the task force were designed. So far, this has essentially been made up of the employees of the former food control service from which it emerged. In 2014, according to the resolution of the state parliament, it is to be expanded to include additional employees in order to be able to carry out the extensive tasks in crisis prevention and crisis management. Edible oil and biofuel - parallel production is possible Crisis Management Handbook - State of the art The Crisis Management Handbook (KMH) provides assistance to all authorities active in consumer health protection in Lower Saxony of the LAVES are composed, work on different topics related to the management of events and crises. The KMH is to be made available on a password-protected platform on the Internet. Since mid-2012, documents have been developed and processes defined so that structured processing is possible in special situations on the basis of a common basis. The KMH should be made available on a password-protected platform on the Internet and enable all authorities involved to have access to the individual documents at any time. For example, process plans, checklists and overviews are stored here, which should ensure quick orientation. The KMH is divided into a general part, which is relevant for every type of event or crisis, and a special part, in which the specific requirements for the contamination of food, e.g. B. with dioxin or microbiological pathogens, or in severe cases of deception. The KMH will be published in 2014 after approval by the ministry. Regular maintenance and updating of the content is required and is coordinated by an office that is part of the Consumer Protection Task Force. 30 31 Department 2 of the LAVES // Food safety Veterinary medicine cabinet: Veterinarians are allowed to keep a veterinary medicine cabinet (TÄHA) in order to have the necessary medicines always available for the animals they treat. In contrast to humans, in many cases the animals are administered the drugs by the veterinarian himself. The dispensing of drugs to the animal keeper is subject to strict conditions. The establishment and operation of the TÄHA are regulated in detail in the Veterinary House Pharmacy Ordinance. HI-Tier (Origin Information System for Animals) This database was originally developed to record animal movements due to animal health regulations. It is currently being expanded nationwide by a module that can record the use of antibiotics in animal populations. Department 2 of the LAVES // Food safety Lower Saxony antibiotics minimization concept The work of the veterinary drug monitoring of the LAVES was - in addition to the routine tasks - characterized in 2013 by questions about the use of antibiotics in farm animal husbandry and its reduction possibilities. In the first half of the year, the legal anchoring of the antibiotics minimization concept initiated by Lower Saxony was intensively supported in the 16th amendment to the Medicines Act, which came into force on April 1, 2014. Since September 2013, LAVES has been working in the federal-state working group to expand the HI-Tier to include a module for recording antibiotics. In the second half of the year, an antibiotic minimization concept working group made up of representatives from the ministry, LAVES and the local authorities was set up to prepare the implementation of the changes to the pharmaceutical law in Lower Saxony. This includes in particular creating the prerequisites for animal owners to be able to meet their reporting obligations in such a way that the incoming data can also be evaluated by the authorities. What does the antibiotic minimization concept of the 16th amendment of the Medicines Act contain? Nationwide uniform recording of the use of antibiotics in cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys intended for fattening Calculation of an indicator for the use of antibiotics per farm and half-year (half-yearly operational therapy frequency) Calculation of nationwide comparative values ​​for half-yearly therapy frequency for the various animal species Measures to initiate nationwide comparative values ​​to improve animal health so that the use of antibiotics can be minimized in the long term 32 Inspections of veterinary house pharmacies The LAVES is responsible for monitoring around 1,500 veterinary house pharmacies (TÄHA). The controls are carried out according to a nationwide uniform quality assurance system. Her main focus is regularly on the storage of medicines and the documentation of the use of medicines by veterinarians. In 2013, 270 of the Lower Saxony TÄHA, in which 712 veterinarians work, were checked. In the previous year, the number of house pharmacies checked was 341, so the activity of 705 veterinarians was monitored. Due to the risk-oriented inspection planning, TÄHA in particular was selected in 2013 with numerous employees, whose preparation and follow-up are associated with particular effort, e. B. the documentation of the drug use must be checked separately for each individual veterinarian. So far, 36 of the inspections (approx. 13%) have resulted in warnings or fines, most of which have violated obligations to provide evidence. The follow-up to particularly extensive controls from the fourth quarter has not yet been completed, so that the number of controls with subsequent penalties may even increase. The increasingly complex monitoring and additional tasks, e.g. For example, participation in police searches or court proceedings resulted in the frequency of TÄHA inspections being reduced by around a fifth in 2013 compared to the previous year. Against this background, it is planned to increase the number of personnel monitoring the LAVES from 2014 in order to increase the number of controls and to enable the implementation of new monitoring approaches as part of the antibiotic minimization concept. the exact requirements for the importer and the manufacturer of stock-specific vaccines and diagnostics had to be worked out in advance. Requirements for the production of herd-specific vaccines are currently being discussed nationwide and also in the EU. Monitoring is an important contribution to the production of safe “remedies”. Herd specific is a vaccine that has been produced using pathogens isolated from a particular herd and is only used on animals kept in that herd. Monitoring of the production, testing and import of animal vaccines in Lower Saxony. Veterinary medicinal products which are intended to prevent, detect or cure animal diseases and which are produced on the basis of pathogens or by biotechnological means are subject to animal disease law and are called "agents". They include B. Animal vaccines, serums and diagnostics. As a specialty, herd-specific vaccines are produced that are only intended for a certain herd or as an autologous vaccine for an individual animal. Funds are produced for both the German and the intra-Community market and for export. Funds from so-called third countries that do not belong to the European Union (EU) may not be imported or used here. Exceptions can be allowed if there are e.g. B. A particular vaccine does not exist in the whole of the EU. In Lower Saxony there are seven manufacturers of animal vaccines, two of serums, two of diagnostics as well as two companies operating exclusively as test laboratories and one importer. In 2013, two diagnostics manufacturers, four vaccine manufacturers, a testing laboratory and, for the first time, the importer were checked as a matter of routine. While generally valid guidelines are available for the review of the manufacturers of approved vaccines for the review, Autolog: belonging to the same individual. Import: Bringing goods from a third country into the European Union. Test laboratory: laboratory in which agents are tested using microbiological, chemical and other methods. Sera (immune sera) are produced by purifying specific antibodies, which are obtained from the blood serum of immunized other mammals, and are administered to animals as a passive vaccination. Provision of forms and leaflets for veterinarians Repeated inquiries from veterinarians or frequently discovered deficiencies in the context of the monitoring of veterinary house pharmacies (TÄHA) were taken as an opportunity in the Veterinary Monitoring Department at an early stage to develop forms and leaflets. The leaflets on the various topics are mainly structured as question and answer catalogs. The forms enable veterinarians to correctly comply with their reporting requirements. All leaflets and forms that have been published so far are listed under the heading "Service offers". 33 Diagnostics: Aids / test procedures with which samples from / from animals are examined. Department 2 of the LAVES // Food safety Department 2 of the LAVES // Food safety We regularly update the forms and information sheets. Due to the discussion in connection with the use of drugs containing phenylbutazone in horses at the beginning of 2013, the information sheet for the proper operation of a TÄHA on this topic was revised. In addition, for employed veterinarians, z. B. in zoos or animal parks, a leaflet about the operation of a veterinary medicine cabinet is created by employed veterinarians. More information at: www.laves. niedersachsen.de All forms and leaflets are available as a download on the LAVES website, but can also be requested directly from the department if required. National residue control plan: The national residue control plan is an annually updated residue monitoring program that is carried out in the European Union according to uniform standards. The sampling includes all food-producing live and slaughtered animals as well as primary products from the animal such as milk, eggs and honey. The examinations serve to specifically check the use of approved veterinary medicinal products in accordance with the regulations, to check compliance with the prohibitions on the use of certain active substances and to collect knowledge about the cause of residue contamination. National residue control plan: implementation in Lower Saxony According to the specifications of the national residue control plan, a total of 17,698 samples from living animals and animal products were examined for residues of pharmacologically active substances and environmental pollutants. Positive results, d. H. Evidence of pharmacologically active substances that exceed the limit values ​​(so-called MRL values) listed in Annex Table 1 of Regulation (EC) No. 37/2010 was determined in the carcasses of 28 pigs, ten cattle, one sheep and one turkey. The findings suggest that the animals in question were treated with approved veterinary medicinal products and given up for slaughter without observing the waiting time. In these cases, extensive reviews of the production companies and 34 projects to review the hygiene status in large bakeries of the veterinary pharmacies of the herd-supervising veterinarians are carried out. As part of a pilot project to check the hygiene status in large bakeries in Lower Saxony, three operations were checked from November 2012 to February 2013 by an interdisciplinary team from LAVES together with the relevant local food control authority. In the blood plasma of a cattle and a pig, an anti-inflammatory agent and a prohibited agent that are not approved for food-producing animals in the EU were found, and a substance that is not approved for cows was found in a milk sample. The inspection included a site inspection with an assessment of the structural engineering and the hygienic condition of the operations and a branch. Particular attention was paid to the installed pest monitoring systems and existing pest infestations. In addition, the documentation for the internal self-monitoring system, including on personal hygiene, traceability, HACCP system and microbiological tests. In some areas there were significant deficiencies, in particular pest monitoring turned out to be a weak point. Contaminants were found in 14 kidney and liver samples from pigs, cattle and horses: mercury in eight cases, cadmium six times and lead once; In an egg sample, the maximum level for the sum of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs was determined. Monitoring of Internet trade With the aim of creating a marketplace on the Internet that offers a similar level of food safety as the conventional sector, the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety has housed the joint central office for the control of food and beverage products traded on the Internet since July 2013 Feed Code (LFGB) and tobacco products ([email protected]