Eastern foods appear to be lacking in any kind of ingredients list in Tibás and downtown San Jose. This was revealed by an inspection performed by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC).
The institution analyzed 368 foods and found that 304 (83%) had some problem on their labels. The situation caused the inspectors of the ministry retained or “freeze” these products, found in eight of 10 supermarkets reviewed.
In addition, 25 other foods not demonstrated the existence of sanitary registration and other eight were defeated when the inspection was performed.
These are especially packaged foods in bags, but there were also canned and frozen foods, according to the Ministry.
In the case of labels, the main irregularities was they not having data in Spanish as required by law or not clearly indicate the directions for use and conservation, country of origin and importing data.
Some of the businesses consulted by telephone yesterday preferred not to refer to topic and other said they are in process of implementing changes to request a reinspection to officials of the MEIC.
Kattia Chaves, head of the Department of the Technical Unit of the Office of Consumer Advocacy, said the inspection was on track another two years ago. This monitoring is done in businesses specializing in oriental products. He said the investigation is officially.
The lawyer Luis Cheng, legal representative of Hong Kong distributor, recognized that there was an error of his customers by not having the labels correctly. The problem was already fixed, and is asking officials to re-inspect the MEIC.
Nelsy Huang is in charge of the stores Super Han San, and Supermarket 88. She complained because he said, in a second inspection they said everything was fine. “They want to prejudice the Chinese trade,” he said.
In two other supermarkets, representatives preferred not speak, while in the Asia Supermarket said they were busy and could not speak of the inspection.