Santo Domingo.- Despite the Public Health Ministry has yet to disclose analyzes on processed meats including salami, despite having the results more than two months ago.
The analyzes ordered and disclosed by the Consumer Protection Agency found serious deficiencies in the quality in most of the sausages, with protein contents far below international standards.
And though the Agency’s study ran the alarm that led to plunging salami sales which the pollster Newlink Research placed at 51%, thus far Public Health has yet to name the local company that would conduct the industry wide analysis.
A source quoted by eldia.com.do said after the second study, at least one company could be shuttered.
The Agency’s study revealed that in addition to the low protein content, 15% of the salami samples contained fecal coliform, a serious health risk.
From: Dominican Republic, calle A.Portes
Everything seems to be back to front here.The first thing that should have been done was the random testing of salamies from various companies . Then the second thing should have been to notify the companies that failed the tests and have them remove all products from the shelves , Then we would have had a situaton where companies that were producing perfectly good salami could continue producing and selling their products .
However,the agency blackened the name of all producers ,whether they were innocent or not , by saying they had found faeces and prohibited substances in some salami .. And then the head of the Agency was promoted!!
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes
I would agree with your comments above; the only thing I wuld add would be an appropriate fine, commensurate with the extent of the violation.
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all
Names,names; give us the names
From: United States
The government has a liability to inform the public of its findings. However, true to past behavior it thinks by sweeping every ugly matter under the rug they will be forgotten.
From: Dominican Republic
Boycott salami. Nothing more needs be said. When nobody buys the "shit" then things may change.
@ Ricardolito & Glomarexplorer:
I agree, and would like to add that the concurrent step would be the indictment of the inspectors - who were either asleep or complicite. Fines and/or jail time are the only legitimate message to send.
In tandem with the punative measures, adopt a "that was then and this is now" attitude and start fresh while using past evidence to pave the way forward. At least the industry can continue under the watchful eye of a new program who will be watched with a microscope.
... but then again.... should we be injecting logic into this recovery?
I agree that approach this would hit home with the manufacturers, But lets not paint everyone with the same brush.
The trickle down would really cripple the procuror & vendor segment - and all other people who make their megre living from the salami industry for that matter. I'm sure they don't care which plant their inventory comes from - just so long as it does not harm their customers.
Identify the guilty sources and isolate them. Surely boycotting THEIR product would be a loud message.
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.... ((You're blind to the fact that you're blind))
And, they say the PLD is great ? What happened ? Isn't the palace interested in the welfare of its people ? Why the procrastination on health? Between the corruption, drug dealing in the military and the slew of debt left by leonel, danilo has his plate full. All part of leo's plan....
The electricity, the food we eat and the quality of the water we drink should be number ONE priority!!!
"The electricity, the food we eat and the quality of the water we drink should be number ONE priority!!!"
My wife and I had originally planned to take a trip to Haiti to visit an old US College friend, then spend three days at the Embassy Suites (Metro Country Club, Juan Dolio), then over to Trinidad for carnival. We cancelled the DR trip because we just don't trust the food. If they would allow little local kids to eat this salami stuff, then anything goes. I agree with Roberto Jose on this. This issue should take priority and having it sit on your back burner is hurting you.
From: United States
There are a lot of salamis in this forum;
Basta, josie's Ano, Ingle, Dready, etc
From: Dominican Republic, www.DuckyDeals.com
The last I heard was that they did not find any more tainted salamis. So they didn't know if this was the result of bootleggers selling cheap versions of the product or the companies using contaminated meats.
Anyway, you shouldn't be eating processed meat products anyway, unless you select the meats yourself or get a premium product made with real meat.
Well, remember the posted ingredients on the packages were beef and pork. Lie numero uno. No beef and/or pork. Compressed chicken guts and chicken skin. That by itself screams, Don't Eat Me! Me Nasty!
Compressed chicken guts and skin? Mmmmm.... Tastes like - chicken.
This does sound as if someone has dropped the ball - or that with larger pressing matters it's been relegated to a lesser priority. Either way it's not good form to leave it dangling.
Has anyone given consideration to - with the corruption levels of the previous leadership - this could have been nothing more than a swat and smear at an industry who didn't fall into line? What better way to show how you can hurt them by simply flexing a muscle, (aka well placed words)?
But you're all correct to be exhibiting the "once bitten - twice shy" rule. And someone needs to clear up the 'tube-meat-gate' debacle.
Take it from me folks - a guy whose country has gone through huge meat recalls in the last 15 years - I feel your pain and I hope you get this cleared up soon. I was just in Punta Cana and the food was fine, but that does not put an end to the salami worries.