Of the more than 1700 institutions controlled, nine were closed, 241 and 40 have been warned seize tainted or dangerous products. Should we be worried?

Every summer, just before the holidays, the departmental Fraud (former DGCCRF) multiply operations punches in fast food restaurants. This is primarily to reassure vacationers will prefer fast food, but also to warn against restaurateurs problems related to hygiene, food safety and product quality.However, during these tests, found the Secretary of State for Commerce and Tourism Frederic Lefebvre , the administration “noted a high number of offenses, nearly 11% . ” Not enough customers added peace of mind. Therefore, one can ask the legitimate question: fast foods are dangerous?

Establishment of seven received a warning

9 closures, 241 warnings: Of the 1,725 ​​schools inspected between June 27 and July 1 (1426 and 299 fast food take-away sales), nine of them have been a temporary administrative closure eight independent restaurants. Unsafe products have been seized or damaged in 40 institutions. Thus, in the Alpes-Maritimes, 387 pounds of suspect meat were destroyed in an establishment owned by a chain and 24 kilograms of food in an independent. Both establishments were closed. Finally, an establishment in September received a warning for not complying with regulations.


A low achievers: In a joint statement, the Secretary of State for Trade, Frederic Lefebvre, and Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire spoke of “serious difficulty with the rules” from the fast food establishments. And ask “to professional associations and all stakeholders in the sector to mobilize through staff training in hygiene and food safety.” Frederic Lefebvre also wants to meet with representatives of the National Union of fast food (the Snarr) on July 11.

Eat safely: Consumers, especially those who are on vacation, should be able to go quietly in the institutions we lead, knowing all the controls and they hesitate when there is need to take drastic measures,” said the statement which specifies that checks will continue until August 31. “Given the number of offenses recorded, it is clear that we must continue our work, and improve training sector. It is the sense in which it is already committed. ”

Hygiene, food security: could do better

Of recent news items: Several fairly recent news items have cast doubt on fast food. Last January, a 14 year old boy who had eaten at a restaurant Quick Avignon , died as a result of food poisoning. Serious breaches of hygiene rules were identified and the manager has been indicted. However, the young man died on June 14, a week after a meal in a McDonalds in Marseilles, died after a streptococcal infection associated with angina and the restaurant was exonerated .

No paranoia: Putting the spotlight contamination by the bacterium E. coli, whether the recent poisoning sprouts or case of burgers Lille , shows that the danger is not only the restaurant but that it is also at home. Therefore it should not be paranoid towards fast food.

A plan to prevent Europe: Since 1 January 1996, writes Snarr on its site , all food businesses must develop a prevention plan to ensure the safety of finished products. This approach has been made ​​compulsory by a European directive of 1993. ” It covers product quality, traceability of frozen ground beef, respect for the cold chain, storage conditions and cooking, hygiene equipment and personnel. Except that, as confirmed by Frederic Lefebvre and Bruno Le Maire and the results of the first checks of the summer, there is still “some way to go” to improve the safety of fast food establishments.

A diet too rich: The burger and fries is the basic menu of fast food and takeaways. In general, critics of these institutions consider the food too oily, too salty, too sweet, too rich in chemicals, vitamins and low in vegetable fiber. According to the site-health hazard , too assiduous attendance of these restaurants may cause overweight or obesity , diabetes, fat, heart disease.

Is there a danger? Fast food restaurants are safe for the child if there is not eat all day, it said on adosen-health . The site and explain that “if he attends this type of restaurant 2-3 times a month” and has also a varied diet and life “active and balanced,” a teen “a right to pleasure, everything is a question of quantity. “