Policy launches second attempt for hygiene lights
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Policy launches second attempt for hygiene lights

Bremerhaven : Germany | Sep 17, 2011 at 2:20 AM PDT
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Despite fierce criticism of the consumer protection minister hold firmly to the traffic light for hygiene restaurants. A working group of consumer protection and economic ministries of the countries should work out a solution, the consumer protection minister shared with the conclusion of their meeting in Bremerhaven.Bremen had already made a first compromise proposal.

Initially, the ministerial meeting in May had already decided to introduce the nationwide traffic hygiene. It should process plants, food, be obliged to publish the results of official controls on a poster with traffic light colors. Green indicates no concerns, red for serious. In yellow the plants have partially fulfilled the requirements.

Mainly from the ranks of the ministers of the countries there have been concerns, however. They had rejected the model mainly at their conference in July. The reason was the concern by the traffic lights would Restaurants pilloried. The Hotel and Restaurant Association Dehoga rejected the traffic light as "totally disproportionate and legally questionable" back.

At their meeting in Bremerhaven, the Minister of Consumer Protection is now started a second attempt. "We want the traffic light, hygiene, because it creates transparency for consumers and an incentive for firms to adopt high standards of hygiene," said Hamburg's senator-investigator Cornelia Storck (SPD). Consumers have a right to be informed about black sheep of the food industry. There is not going about, someone to put in the pillory or damaging economically.

A joint session with representatives of the Minister of Economic Affairs Conference is now looking for a compromise. "These include issues such as the consequences for the companies or the right to check-ups, but also cost issues," said the acting chairman of the Consumer Protection Ministerial Conference, Bremen's Senator for Health Renate Jürgens-Pieper (SPD). By the end of January 2012 are therefore the points of disagreement must be excluded.

Maroof Kamboh is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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