School dough fails its tests

Food safety authorities in Athens said yesterday that recent inspections mean that almost half of the facilities which make dough for products sold in school canteens will be referred to prosecutors for using expired and bug-infested flour. Checks by inspectors from the Athens Prefecture on 27 sites between July and September found that 13 companies were operating in violation of health standards either because the flour that they were using had expired or was filled with weevils. «This situation is unacceptable. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous profiteers are acting at the expense of children’s health,» said Athens Prefect Yiannis Sgouros. Meanwhile, authorities at Hania hospital in Crete said yesterday that they had turned away a shipment of 333 kilos of chicken after it was found to be unsuitable for human consumption. Sources told Kathimerini that the boxes containing the meat were damp and smelled bad.