By Sabina Idayatova
From January to October, the number of food poisonings has decreased in Azerbaijan compared to the same period last year, the Republican Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Azerbaijani Health Ministry reported on November 19.
Some 939 cases of food poisoning have been recorded during the reported period, as a result of which one person died and 1325 were injured.
Furthermore, some 25 cases of botulism were registered which resulted in the injury of 31 people during the first nine months of 2013.
Some 1466 people suffered as a result of 1193 food poisoning cases last year. About 26 cases of botulism were registered as result of which 40 people were injured. Three people died as a result of food poisoning from January to October last year.
Meanwhile, the Republican Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Azerbaijani Health Ministry has also reported that some 716 entrepreneurs operating in the food sector have been fined by the sanitary-epidemiological service of Azerbaijan from January to October this year.
According to the Republican Center, the entrepreneurs have been fined for violating health regulations and requirements during the manufacturing, sale, storage and transport of food products. The Center has also notified relevant authorities of possibly 79 additional entrepreneurs in violation. During the reporting period, the decision was made to close some 212 facilities, and temporarily suspend 251 people from work.
Laboratory examination was carried out on the organoleptic and physico-chemical parameters of 8739 food samples, for microbiological indicators on 8175 samples, toxicological indicators on 2282, and radiological indicators on 236. Defects were found in organoleptic and physico-chemical parameters in 136 samples, and microbiological in 89 samples.
Some 27,430 smears and 518 samples of appetizers have been taken from catering establishments in January to October, 2013. E. coli were above the norm in 439 swabs and five cold appetizers.
By Sabina Idayatova