Checks with bakers and hosts – Success for Foodwatch – Landkreis München


Reports of two bakers from the district may be passed on to consumers.

A ruling by the Bavarian Administrative Court in Munich puts host-president Angela Inselkammer on the defensive in a conflict that she himself recently declared a matter of principle. The judges rejected urgent applications from two bakeries in the district of Munich to prevent food control reports from their farms being issued to two consumers.

These had requested the reports via the Internet portal “Topf secret” and the district administration had initially agreed to deliver them. This should now, too – to the annoyance of the manager of the brewery inn Aying – happen.

Just like the two bakers, Inselkammer sees itself challenged by the portal, which has existed since the beginning of the year, behind which the organization Foodwatch is located. Inselkammer has also lodged an objection against the publication of a control report on its inn. The case is apparently still pending and, according to the current judgment, the likelihood that the court will reject it and also that the report on the brewery inn is considered to be in order has increased.

In their reasoning, the judges argue that “no interests of the bakery enterprises worth protecting” are contrary to the right to information. The violations found were not covered by trade or business secrecy, according to the judges. The Consumer Information Act establishes “a comprehensive right to all legally relevant information relating to complaints”.

According to the initiators, the “pot secret” portal aims to increase transparency in the catering and food industry by helping citizens to obtain the information they are entitled to by law. Foodwatch spokesman Andreas Winkler says it's basically just a tool, a “tool” that forwards inquiries and provides authority information to consumers.

Hosts fight back against the wrong picture on the internet

This makes “pot secret” but so effective that it has just become a red cloth for the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga), whose national association Angela Inselkammer presides. Foodwatch spokesman Winkler says the “gastro-lobby” defends itself by all means against more transparency. Inselkammer, on the other hand, admitted recently in an interview with the SZ that a report on her inn documents small misconducts. Anyone who wants to see the report can see it, she said. But to put such a report on the Internet, convey a false picture. Errors would be corrected quickly, but the message remains in the world.

Whether soon about two bakers from the district disagreeable information circulating, is currently still open. According to Foodwatch, the message from the district office goes directly to the consumers who requested it. Whether they made the information public was another question. The administrative judges only say that a possible publication on a private portal does not preclude publication of the reports. Since the beginning of the year, 5391 inquiries about “pot secret” have been forwarded to the authorities throughout Bavaria.

(t) Aying (t) Bavarian Administrative Court Munich (t) Baker (d) Dehoga (t) Foodwatch (t) Süddeutsche Zeitung Landkreis München


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