Misrad HaBriut, in honor of Food Safety Week, published this great picture summarizing the important points in buying meat, fish and eggs. A summary in English follows below:
- When buying packaged chicken and turkey, make sure that there is the symbol that the food was under veterinary inspection and says “נבדק והותר”.
- Only buy meat that was ground in front of you or is packaged with a label and date.
- When purchasing raw meat, ask to see the original label and make sure that the use-by date has not passed.
- Purchase meat from places that are clean and have air conditioning and that the workers are dressed neatly with clean clothes.
- Butchers are not permitted to freeze meat. Before purchasing frozen meat in a butcher, make sure that there is a label with the name and address of the factory that manufactured the product.
- If you see ice crystals inside a frozen product, it is a sign that the product thawed and was refrozen. It is recommended not to purchase this product.
- Smell the fish. If it smells rotten, don’t buy it.
- Fish that isn’t packaged must be refrigerated and rest on ice.
- It is recommended not to purchase fish directly from fish farms or stands but from a refrigerated display case in an approved store.
- The gills should be red and not grey or white.
- The eyes should be black, clear (not cloudy), and standing up (not sunken in).
- People with chronic illnesses, depressed immune systems, or open wounds are recommended not to come in direct contact with fresh fish.
- It is recommended to purchase eggs only from refrigerated places.
- The eggs should be sold in packages.
- Eggs that are cracked, broken, or dirty shouldn’t be purchased.
- Look for the label which has a valid sell by date, the name and address of the sorting station, and the size of the egg.
- Eggs should be stored at home in the refrigerator; preferably in a closed plastic container and not the original carton.
- Don’t wash eggs because bacteria can enter the egg through pores on the shell.
Source: Misrad HaBriut’s Facebook page