Food monitoring; implementation of company and product inspections

Official food monitoring checks whether food businesses comply with the legal requirements for consumer protection and fulfill their obligation to supply only safe food to consumers.


The federal states 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 food hygiene 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 prepare 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 Confidential Information hotline for consumer complaints (see "Further links").

Special notes

In the event of consumer complaints, rapid notification to the official food control authority and retention of the product in question is expedient.

Online procedures


  • Consumer complaints are generally handled free of charge.

Links to more information

Status: 05.01.2023

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz

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