Danger on Your Plate
Nearly half the food tested in a summer-time analysis by laboratory experts was found to be loaded with bacteria, including varieties that cause cramps, vomiting and diarrhea of food poisoning.
Poor equipment and disorganized data lets unsafe food into BiH.
Trade in cattle across the borders of BiH is profitable enough to keep smugglers busy despite fears of disease and a contaminated food supply.
If you have a complaint about the quality of the food you eat, you can tell the person who served it that you are not happy, but that’s about it. Consumer protection is mostly an illusion because NGOs are broke and disorganized, inspectors are too busy and courts are overburdened.
Moving responsibility for veterinary border inspections from entities to state has not made for smooth inspections, and state auditors find faults with the State Veterinary Office as well.
Cramped quarters, inadequent equipment, lack of oversight and standards means lab testing of food in BiH could be unreliable.
Bakeries, not government inspectors, are doing most of the quality control to insure that bread and flour is hygienic and uncontaminated.
It took doctors two days to report an outbreak of Salmonella in Tuzla. Meanwhile, more people were getting sick from a local restaurant.
|Story 2: Careless food handles carries health risks |
Unwashed hands, dirty counter tops and summer heat can turn food you eat every day into poison and a fractured, under-funded inspection system is not protecting you.
Story 3: Nobody wants to chase street vendors
Police and Inspectors each say it’s not their job to stop the illegal sale of food outside markets.
Story 5: BiH lax on use of low-quality scraps and deboned meat
Low-grade cuts that many countries won’t import cross borders into BiH and end up on the dinner table.
Story 7: Incinerator is key to safe food disposal
There’s no clear-cut, easy and safe way to dispose of food products that inspectors find to be contaminated or spoiled.
Story 9: BiH’s hesitation turns it into a dumping ground
Delay in implementing big structural changes needed to ensure a safe food supply has put BiH behind other European countries, and consumers suffer as a result.
Insuring hygienic, contaminant-free food in Bosnia and Herzegovina will require the following steps.
CIN tested some of the labs that test food and found variations.
Video documentary by CIN.
Alerts about unsafe food in BiH can take days to translate into action. Authorities in the rest of Europe move within hours to get bad food off shelves and out of reach of citizens. Here, things move more slowly.