Hundreds of Swiss eateries are seriously unhygienic

Would you like a side of bacteria with that? Keystone / Andy Rain

Switzerland has seen a big increase in the number of hazardously unhygienic restaurants and snack bars.

This content was published on February 23, 2020 - 18:37

According to a report in the SonntagsZeitung newspaper, 789 federal complaints were filed in 2018. In previous years, the average was 560. The federal office for food safety could not explain the sudden increase to the newspaper. 

The eateries in question ranged from casual kebab stands to supposedly fine restaurants. The reported violations included dirty equipment, mouldy food in refrigerators, and badly contaminated food served to customers.

According to the report, almost every fifth complaint was a concrete health hazard. In total, the cantons carried out 25,942 checks in restaurant and hotel kitchens that year. In addition to the criminal charges, there were also 4,429 warnings.

However, under Swiss law, the identities of the eateries are not public information.

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