Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – In early July, the Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) will begin random inspections of more than 200 food establishments located in and around Playa del Carmen.
The inspections are intended to prevent irregularities in the handling of food for the peak summer tourist season. From Easter until now, six complaints have been filed by diners in regard to the improper handling of food in establishments.
However despite these complaints, Alonzo Ephraim Sansores, head of COFEPRIS, explained that the checks were subsequently made to these restaurants listed in the tourist areas and no irregularities were found, probably because they were rectified immediately,” he said.
Alonzo Sansores explains that “Checks will be made in several establishments that handle goods and services and sell food to ensure that machines such as fridges are in perfect condition, health cards are in place and that in general, everything related to food handling is in proper order.”
He said that the penalties for irregularities to restaurateurs range from 150 to 3,000 times minimum wage according to the existing provisions ordered by the General Health Law.
“This is a concern of the Ministry of Health and is why they have already issued inspections with the aim of caring not only for tourists in the upcoming month of July, but for all inhabitants of the region,” added Sansores.