Wednesday , February 19 2020
Priska Hinz fordert stärkere Lebensmittelkontrollen

Wilke scandal: Hesse Environment Minister wants sharper food monitoring

Hesse's Environment Minister Priska Hinz (Greens) wants to tighten food controls. Background is the scandal around germ-laden sausage,

There must be more efficient structures that allow for earlier intervention and leave the ministry more room for maneuver, said the minister in Wiesbaden. "We need a better-established food monitoring, so that such a case does not occur again."

The goods of the northern Hessian sausage manufacturer Wilke become with two deaths as well 37 further illness cases because of germ-laden sausage connected.

Prosecutor's office determined

The Prosecutor Kassel investigates against the CEO because of the initial suspicion of negligent homicide and negligent assault and the violation of food law. The company has meanwhile been preliminary insolvency Registered. Therefore, there is currently no cooperation with the authorities, said Hinz.

The for Food control competent municipal authorities had not submitted a final report on the proceedings at Wilke Waldecker Fleisch- und Wurstwaren GmbH, said the green-Politician. Therefore, she could not conclusively say whether errors were made in the controls.

The Ministry did not have the competence to shut down the operation. The house could have only given the technical supervision and no instructions.

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