ANPC recommendations of May 1: Refuse minced meat products for which there are doubts regarding the quality

Refuse minced meat products for which there are doubts regarding the quality and which do not have the expiry date written on the label or if it has been modified or exceeded, reports the general director of the National Authority for Consumer Protection (ANPC), Paul Anghel, having in mind given that during this time of the year Romanians celebrate May 1st with small cakes and beer.

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“When buying minced meat products, pay special attention to the appearance of the product, follow the labeling method, do not buy unlabeled prepackaged products, and for those sold in bulk, it is mandatory to write, at the place of sale, the date of minimum durability/use by date and allergenic ingredients. Refuse minced meat products for which there are doubts regarding the quality and the way of information through labeling and which do not have the minimum durability date/use by date on the label or if it has been modified or exceeded!”, wrote, on Saturday, Paul Anghel, in a post on Facebook.

It advises consumers not to buy minced meat products from unauthorized places, as the respective trader does not have the opportunity to ensure optimal conditions for transport, storage and marketing and cannot issue a receipt to justify the commercial transaction, thus risking purchasing a non-compliant or even unsafe product that can affect their health, writes Agerpres.

Regarding beer, the general director of ANPC recommends checking the condition of the packaging (integrity, tightness), the clarity of the liquid and the minimum durability date.

“If you spend the 1st of May in leisure areas, it is good to pay attention to several aspects: in the case of food products, the way they are displayed and sold must be monitored, in order to observe some indications that may lead to identification of health risks, namely: the existence and operation of refrigerated display cases where food is displayed; the integrity of the packaging, which must ensure protection during transport, storage and marketing; their labeling, with data related to the type of product, its origin, the validity period”, emphasized the general director of ANPC on the social network.

Also, before purchasing food from places specialized in this regard, consumers must ensure that the seller is properly equipped, wears a protective gown and cap, and handles unpackaged food with hands covered by clean or disposable gloves.

Last but not least, consumers must pay attention to the displayed price and check the agreement between the prices displayed on the shelf and those marked on the receipts.

“And one last piece of advice, ask for and keep the receipt to be able to try if, justifiably, they want to claim the quality/safety of a product,” warns the ANPC representative.

Following the surveillance and control actions carried out by the ANPC commissioners in the past years, during such periods, deviations related to the use of unsafe products and procedures that endangered the life and health of consumers were found, such as: raw materials with expiration dates out of date (sausages, small meat, soft drinks); raw materials without identification elements (small meat, mustard, ketchup); the sale of products with traces of mold (buns); using an excessively burnt oil for frying; non-compliance with the conditions for keeping and storing the products; the presence on the market of some products with organoleptic changes (mayonnaise, salad dressings, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, cucumbers); the use of improperly cleaned grills and degraded kitchen utensils (grill tongs, knives), etc.

There were also deficiencies in consumer information related to potentially allergenic ingredients, the fact that the preparations come from thawed products or the lack of display of the expiration date, Paul Anghel wrote in his post on his social media page.