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Sanitary controls are reinforced in view of the campaign to sell Christmas products in squares, markets and large stores (07/12/2017)

The Department of Commerce reminds users to exercise extreme caution when preparing large meals for the Christmas holidays Until December 29 the Consumer Inspection Service will carry out health checks in places of supply, supermarkets, supermarkets, large surfaces, weekly and craft markets

The Department of Commerce, Organization and Institutional Relations will reinforce during the next weeks the control and surveillance campaign to ensure the sanitary quality of typical food products such as meat, fish, pastry, confectionery and other Christmas sweets.

A campaign presented this morning by the councilor Maruja Pelegrín in the Plaza de Abastos de Saavedra Fajardo of the municipality.

This control and surveillance campaign, which will last until December 29, is carried out by the Consumer Inspection Service, made up of three inspectors, to increase inspections in establishments that sell food in order to check the safety requirements of its facilities, the sanitary quality of the products that they elaborate and sell and the documentation that endorses their traceability.

"We are talking about specific controls that include not only taking temperatures of exposed and stored foods but also verifying that the establishments themselves perform effective self-checks of their refrigeration appliances by comparing the temperatures obtained by the calibrated thermometers of the inspection with those that mark the measuring instruments of their refrigeration facilities ", explained Maruja Pelegrín.

For all this, the Food Safety and Consumption Inspection Service intends to visit the retailers of the Municipal Supply Plazas (fishmongers and butchers, etc.), supermarkets, supermarkets and large areas located in the municipality of Murcia and weekly markets and crafts with sale of typical Christmas products.

Advice for the purchase, conservation, preparation and consumption

But the inspection campaign also wants to emphasize a series of tips that consumers should take into account throughout their purchases, food preservation, preparation or consumption.

For this purpose, Murcia is recommended to check that frozen or refrigerated foods are refrigerated with a thermometer and at a temperature of 0 to 7ºC for chilled, and 18ºC below zero for frozen foods, to reject those products that are above the loading line of refrigerated cabinets, maintain the cold chain or check the labeling of packaged foods.

In addition, beef and veal must be accompanied in its exhibition or labeling of information on the country of birth, breeding and slaughter of the animal or group of animals and together with fresh fish and crustaceans it is mandatory that a label be included with the species, the origin ( capture area or country) and the way of obtaining it (aquaculture or fishing).

The characteristics of a fresh fish are the smell of the sea, skin and bright eyes, reddish gills, firm flesh and attached scales.

For its part, it is recommended to follow a series of precautions at home.

The refrigerator should be kept between 0 and 5ºC, food should be isolated before storage in the refrigerator by means of containers with lid, aluminum foil or plastic film for food use, never put together raw and cooked foods, or frozen meats and fish In pieces of more than 2 cm thick they must be thawed beforehand.

Food should not be refrozen, dishes should be prepared just before consumption, and stuffed poultry and products made from minced meat should be subjected to heavy or prolonged fire, and it should be borne in mind that leftovers can be a source of risks.

Finally, remember that the best way to prevent human anisakiasis, a disease transmitted by a parasite that can occur in fish and cephalopods, is to cook fish well at a temperature greater than or equal to 60ºC for 1 minute in the center of the piece .

The microwave does not destroy the parasite.

In anchovies in vinegar, it is recommended to freeze for at least 48 h.

after marinating them in vinegar so that the appearance, texture and flavor are those of the product.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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