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Food monitoring - report unsafe food

Laboratories that carry out analyses on food on behalf of food companies are obliged to report unsafe food.

As the person responsible or in charge of a laboratory, you must check the following questions in connection with the new reporting obligation:

  • Is it a food sample taken in Germany?
  • Do you assume on the basis of the analysis results that the food safety requirements are not being met? Is there therefore a ban on circulation?

Hint: The obligation to notify supplements the obligations of food business operators. They must immediately inform the authorities responsible for you about measures taken if you assume that the food you have placed on the market is not safe.

Responsible department

  • the lower food supervisory authority responsible for the respective laboratory

The lower food supervisory authority is

  • if the registered office of your laboratory is in a city district: the city administration
  • if your laboratory is located in a rural district: the district administration office.



  • You are responsible for a laboratory that carries out analyses on foodstuffs on behalf of food companies.
  • You have a sample taken from a foodstuff in Germany and
  • assume, based on the results of the analysis, that the food safety requirements are not being met and that there is therefore a marketing ban.


You must inform the competent authority in writing or electronically about unsafe food. There is no form.



Required documents

  • Time and result of the analysis
  • method of analysis used and
  • Party commissioning the analysis




Note: A breach of the notification obligation (failure to notify, incorrect, incomplete or untimely notification) of unsafe food constitutes an administrative offence.
The competent authority may impose a fine of up to 20,000 euros.

Release note

21.06.2023 Ministerium für Ernährung, Ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz Baden-Württemberg

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