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“The sale of food, which is not produced in licensed/approved laboratories involves risks related to the quality and safety of food”, say Consumer Protection Service and Health Services

Consumer Protection Service and Health Services draw the attention of consumers regarding the sale of food via the internet, which is produced in premises not controlled by the competent authorities.

The two services in their joint announcement inform the consumer public that “it has been observed that food is being sold (confectionery items, catering items, honey, jams, spoon sweets, olive oil and others) which are produced in premises not controlled by the competent authorities, through personal or commercial profiles, on social media such as Facebook and Instagram, or through websites'.

They note that “the sale of food, which is not produced in licensed/approved laboratories or food premises, involves various risks related to food quality and safety”.

Consumers are therefore asked to be careful when buying food online, to confirm that it comes from businesses registered with the Health Services and to ask for their certificate of registration.

Also, consumers , “they should examine the labeling of the product before proceeding with a purchase, as according to legislation, the producer must comply with the relevant legislation on food labeling”.

Indicatively, the labeling includes the name of the food , the list of ingredients, allergenic substances, name and address of the manufacturer, etc.

This information must be available to the consumer before making the purchase.

Based on the above, “consumers are invited in case they find an unlicensed establishment, which sells food on social media and/or on websites, to inform the Health Services of the Ministry of Health or to contact the Consumer Line at 1429”.

Source: politis.com.cy

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