Sanction procedures 2015
In total, 410 sanction cases were considered by the sanction board in 2015. 262 cases occurred in the supply chain meat and meat products and 148 cases in the supply chain fruit, vegetables and potatoes. Compared to 2014, the number of sanction cases has been reduced by 21 (5.1 percent). The decrease is mainly in the supply chain meat and meat products (-15 percent).
In the supply chain meat and meat products, most nonconformities were detected at the stage agricultural production (217 cases). Beside the realisation of self-assessment and the implementation of corrective actions, the permanent use of ankle bands (cattle farming) and the violation of general farming requirements were the most common reasons for sanction procedures conducted. Analogous to the distribution of scheme participants, on the other stages significantly less cases occurred (45 sanction procedures in total).
142 of 148 sanction cases in the supply chain fruit, vegetables and potatoes are at the production stage. Among others, the usage of substances and unapproved pesticides as well as the exceeding of maximum residue limits and maximum quantities of pesticide were crucial reasons for initiating a sanction procedure. The sanction procedures at wholesalers were based on e.g. violations of the correct labeling of QS products or the inadequate implementation of corrective actions and the QS residue monitoring.
Background: By conducting regular audits at businesses participating in the QS scheme, the compliance with all QS requirements is reviewed. Depending upon the seriousness of the violation detected, the nonconformity is pursued by QS within a sanction procedure. The sanction cases are negotiated by an independent sanction board, consisting of a judge, a lawyer and at least one expert of the relevant supply chain.