Swedish Restaurants Standards Varied Across the Country
Rats scurrying around storage areas and frozen food thawing next to sloppy washing-up cloths. There are many reasons why Swedish restaurants are forced to close down. But when trade magazine Restaurangvärlden looked at the 2008 closures due to questionable food handling the focus was less on the horror stories and more on the discrepancies in regulations and procedure countrywide.
Gothenburg topped the league of restaurants closed down due to poor food hygiene. Of the 146 restaurants that were forced to close countrywide, 81 were in Gothenburg, on the west coast of Sweden. An additional 197 restaurants in Gothenburg were forced to temporarily close parts of their establishment while the problems were being solved. In Stockholm, 42 restaurants closed because of poor food hygiene in 2008, whereas in other parts of the country there were no closures at all.
According to Mats Hulth of the Swedish Hotels and Restaurant Association, the reasons behind these discrepancies are that the regulations and procedures regarding the supervision of food hygiene differ across the country.
”Today these matters are dealt with by local authorities. We would rather that the state took over responsibility so that there would be a uniform standard of supervision,” Hulth told TT.