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One third of Geneva's eateries do not meet hygiene norms

* Geneva-eateries.jpgOf the 2,500 inspections carried out last year in Geneva's restaurants and other eating establishments, one in three did not comply with hygiene standards, according to swissinfo.ch.

The platform also says that serious cases are on the increase, due to dirtiness, storage problems or misleading labelling, and that every year, serious cases requiring closure are detected - more than the situation highlighted four years ago.

Hygiene inspections take place at least every two years.

"Compared with before the pandemic, we can see that the number of non-compliances, serious cases and repeat offences are slightly more frequent," reported cantonal chemist Patrick Edder on Swiss public television RTS. It's true that we've issued a few more fines in the last two years than we used to."

While the work of the inspectors leads, amongst other things, to the punishment or even closure of certain establishments, it does not resolve the issue of hygiene standards. In reality, the problem lies in the lack of qualified staff. To overcome the problem of hygiene, it is necessary to focus on training.

The Société des cafetiers, restaurateurs et hôteliers de Genève (Geneva association of cafe owners, restaurateurs and hoteliers) will be introducing fee-paying online courses from this spring.

"For people who are not qualified, we need to provide training and cover the basics. Typically, they need to wash their hands, know how to receive goods and check and respect storage temperatures," explains Stéphane Jan, head of training at the Société des cafetiers.


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