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FVS uncovers violations with green procurements in 86% of education institutions

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring an inspection of education institutions and their compliance with green procurement requirements at the beginning of the new school year, the State Food and Veterinary Service found non-compliance with specific requirements in 55 education institutions or 86% of cases, as confirmed by FVS.

«We remind that products made in Latvia and that comply with national quality scheme (Green Spoon or Bordeaux Spoon) comply with green public procurement requirements,» FVS explains.

The service notes that in all cases education institutions should have made sure products supplied as part of contracts comply with requirements. For some reason, however, no quality assurance measures were performed.

After inspections FVS concluded that education institutions were not serious about fulfilling requirements of green procurements.

«When companies participate in procurements, they have to make sure the supply compliant green products to education institutions in accordance with previously approved technical specifications,» FVS reminds.

In 24 education institutions FVS found that only some supplied food products complied with technical requirements.

Non-compliance was found for fresh meat, dairy products, eggs, flour, pasta and beans. Those products were produced by a different company tan the one that supplied them. Additionally, the producer company used specifications different from what the green public procurement requirements requires.

Other cases of non-compliance were found for fruits, vegetables and greens. In certain cases, suppliers also misled the client about the origin country of supplied vegetables.

In fourteen education institutions FVS found that supplied food products do not comply with technical specifications. Instead of requested products, suppliers delivered lower quality products (olive pomace oil instead of extra virgin olive oil, for example). Additionally, non-compliance was recorded for other requirements – packaging, quality and origin.

Eleven education institutions had not evaluated the compliance with green public procurement requirements, because no documents had been supplied along with food products.


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