GERMANY, Braunschweig. Germany’s Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BLV) published its annual report on food recalls. In recent years, public recalls issued through the consumer protection portal Lebensmittelwarnung.de have steadily inclined.
According to a BLV press release, there were 311 recalls on the "www.lebensmittelwarnung.de" portal. "More than ever before," said Dr Georg Schreiber, head of the Federal Office's food safety department. In more than a third, microbiological contamination was the reason for the warning. The leading cause was salmonella.
The number of issued recalls has been steadily increasing from 273 in 2020 to 282 in 2021, to 311 last year. "However, this does not mean that food in Germany has become more unsafe," said Schreiber.
"The recent increase in reports on the Lebensmittelwarnung.de portal shows that companies and retailers are fulfilling their legal obligation and are thus contributing to the high level of food safety in Germany," said Schreiber.
The companies were less dismissive of public recalls; rather, it is now seen as part of responsible and transparent management, the BLV states. Furthermore, analysis and testing methods have become very precise due to technical progress in the field. And lastly, changes in regulations, such as lowering maximum permissible quantities, also lead to more notifications, according to the BLV.