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Two food establishments suspended for failing sanitary health tests

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two food establishments have been given suspension notices from the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) after failing sanitary tests.

Julio Mendoza Álvarez of Coferpris says the two suspensions came after nearly 60 food establishments were inspected by officials from the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks.

He says that of the 60, only two failed sanitary tests and were given suspensions. One of the suspensions was given to a Playa del Carmen business that sold chicken after they failed the Cofepris test for salmonella.

The other, he said, was fora restaurant in Cozumel that was unable to prove they had a health certificate.

Mendoza Álvarez explained that inspectors have made their rounds throughout Cozumel, Solidaridad and Tulum.

“So far, we have a suspension in Cozumel. We have nothing in Tulum and here in Solidaridad, we have one suspension after failing a salmonella exam. That place is located on 30 avenue in the Colosio. We have suspended it until they prove that the place is okay,” he explained.

He says that the general public should not consume food in places where they suspect there may be hygienic issues because people run the risk of contracting diseases.

“In these suspended businesses, it was found that they were in very poor sanitary condition. In the case of the chicken, for example, they had left the remains of one side of the product exposed to the warm air,” he added.

“We have an obligation to protect tourists and fortunately, it has not happened often. Now, the owners of the businesses are aware that they have to offer the best to diners,” he said adding that last month, two water companies on Cozumel were cited for non-compliance with the strict heath guidelines.