Murcia’s food inspections aim to ensure hot weather hygiene

INSPECTIONS: Food checks to limit cases of food poisoning

HEALTH authorities are to inspect around 270 beach bars and street vendors in Murcia this summer to ensure the safety and hygiene of the establishments in a bid to reduce cases of food poisoning, when the heat triggers more cases.
It comes as the Public Health Department, together with the Veterinary College and the Ministry of Water and Agriculture launches an information campaign under the slogan ‘this summer all protected.’
In the first six months of the year there were 14 outbreaks of food poisoning recorded in the Murcia Region that affected 133 people. One of the worst cases was the outbreak in mid-June that affected 21 children and two monitors at a camp in La Manga.
To try to prevent such outbreaks as well as possible, 32 Public Health technicians will inspect bars and street food stalls both on the coast and in the inland towns of the region, especially coinciding with the festivities to be held in August in many municipalities. The campaign is similar to that of 2014, in which 17 towns in the region were visited and 274 inspections were carried out. As a result of these inspections, 11 warnings were issued and nine establishments had disciplinary proceedings opened against them, with four being ordered to close.
The campaign also aims to ensure the health of pets with president of the Veterinary College, Fulgencio Fernandez, highlighting the importance of vaccinating pets against diseases such as rabies which is passable to humans.

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