Food monitoring; carrying out of company and product controls
The official food control authorities check whether food businesses comply with the legal requirements for consumer protection and fulfil their obligation to supply only safe food to consumers.
The Länder are responsible for food monitoring. In Bavaria, the district administrative authorities (Landratsämter and municipalities) and the Control Authority for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs are responsible for food monitoring.
The food monitoring department carries out risk-oriented inspections of establishments where food is produced, handled or marketed, e.g. manufacturers, restaurants, food wholesalers and retailers, importers, snack bars and weekly markets. Among other things, it inspects the hygiene of foodstuffs in establishments.
Another important part of food monitoring is the risk-oriented examination of various products. For this purpose, the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) draws up sample plans. After carrying out various examinations, the experts at the LGL draw up an expert opinion in which they present the results obtained, including food law and, if necessary, toxicological evaluations. On the basis of this expert opinion, the district administrative authorities decide on any measures to be taken.
There is a hotline for consumer complaints Confidential Information (see under "Further links").
In the event of consumer complaints, rapid notification to the official food control authority and storage of the product in question will be helpful.
- Consumer complaints are always handled free of charge.
Links to more information
Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz
- Online transactions, Bavaria-wide
- Online transactions, locally limited
- Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, locally limited
- Fees, Bavaria-wide
- Fees, locally limited