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One in four pre-cut fruit salads has defects

Food business operators are responsible for the safety of their products. This includes complying with hygiene requirements during food production, processing, storage and distribution. The company has to ensure that the facilities and materials are clean, the fruit is washed before cutting, the cooling temperature is maintained and the employees are trained regularly.

If these measures are not correctly observed, it is possible for germs to increase and consumers to become ill.

In Germany, there is a nationwide monitoring plan which foresees that official controls are carried out on the basis of a risk analysis. Under this monitoring program, 1135 establishments producing fruit salads were inspected nationwide in 2021. Deficiencies were found in ¼ of the tested samples.

The deficiencies included incorrect refrigeration: pre-cut fruit should be stored at a maximum of 7°C. Inadequate hygiene and deficiencies in mandatory self-testing were also noted. Pre-cut fruit salads are susceptible to microbial contamination and this risk can be minimized by following the hygiene measures.


Quant is your specialist for all aspects of food hygiene


To ensure that your fruit salads do not become a health risk, Quant Qualitätssicherung GmbH supports you with consultation on all aspects of food hygiene in your business. We help you to create and maintain your self-control concept, detect deficiencies and train your employees.


bilacon tests your fruit salads microbiologically


Our bilacon laboratory tests the microbiological quality of your products to identify possible pathogens and spoilage agents. Fruit salads contaminated with germs can possibly lead to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, so regular analyses are important for the protection of consumers.


If you have any questions about our service, please feel free to contact us. Our experts will be happy to help you.


Torsten Michalski
Head of Hygiene /QA Department
Quant Qualitätssicherung GmbH
+49 174 156 08 25


Tobias Stapper
Head of Microbiology

bilacon GmbH
+49 30 206 038 370


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