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Pretzel factory 'failed hygiene tests'

The Local · 28 Sep 2012, 07:02

Published: 28 Sep 2012 07:02 GMT+02:00

The factory in Altdorf bei Landshut, near Erlangen, produces the baked treats for Müller, a large bread company that supplies Oktoberfest and which came under fire for severe hygiene problems earlier this year.

Inspectors shut the factory down on Friday, the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper said on Wednesday. All products made on site in the past five days were recalled and every single item of food produced at the time was thrown out.

Production recommenced the next day, after the factory, owned by Heinz KG, “immediately undertook all possible measures” to make sure that any problems had been ironed out, chief baker Reinhard Heinz told the paper.

Authorities would not specify what the hygiene failings were but it was confirmed that the factory had been supplying the Oktoberfest. They also uncovered general organisational problems and would likely be hitting Heinz KG with legal action.

The products that it had produced would not have endangered consumer safety, claimed Heinz.

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Guests at Oktoberfest normally consume around half a million pretzels during the festival. Of course, not all of them are baked at the same factory.

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Your comments about this article

09:28 September 28, 2012 by The-ex-pat
I thought they were called "Brezel"in Germany.................
16:18 September 28, 2012 by smart2012
Hygiene and OF? Please do a check at the kitchens of tents and service area. You will find enterobacteriacee and salmonella having lots of fun.

Ps: today on first flight Munich Zurich a guy was vomiting... Great oktoberfest....
00:15 September 29, 2012 by coffmap8
I saw no hand washing after removing mugs and plates from tables and then bringing new plates and mugs to tables. Maybe I will eat a pickle but nothing more after reading about the filthy pretzel factories.
09:34 September 29, 2012 by catjones
'Authorities would not specify what the hygiene failings were '...german transparency and the nanny state looking out for you. Trust us.
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