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Increased prices and poor products in the days around Clean Monday

15 February 2010 / 15:02:27  GRReporter
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Speculative prices and products of unknown origin are the two biggest dangers to the Seafood Market in the days around Clean Monday, warned the Center for Consumer Protection. The traditional feast includes plenty of seafood, vegetables and a special flat bread “lagana,” which is made only on this day. 

Prices of octopus, calamari and squid have fallen by about 20% to 30% compared to their values on Friday and Saturday. The Institute for Consumer Protection warned that citizens should be alert to the quality of products and make sure in the origin of the goods offered before making any purchases. For marine mollusks cephalopods, buyers must pay attention to the smell of the product. Octopus and other marine mollusks must have the smell of sea (not ammonia or some other odor), the flesh should be firm and elastic and cups should be sustainable in the drawing. They should be stored frozen at the time of sale, at -18°C in a pack and with a health mark. The seal on the product is certified by the Health Department regarding the origin and quality of the product and must include the code of origin by the European Union. The health mark also includes complete product information - name, address of manufacturer, net weight and origin of the product. For mollusks, such as mussels, oysters and other, retailers can offer them both packaged and bulk, but in both cases, the customer must ensure the presence of a health mark. Important notice for citizens is that clams are edible when during sale the mollusks are alive. This can be verified by tapping on the shell and the mussel must close. Consumption of all seafood must not be later than five days after catching. Same rules apply to shrimps, crabs and lobsters, but buyers should beware of dark spots on the head and limbs of crustaceans. In those cases they are not edible. 

Celebration for young and old on Clean Monday Greek families gather around the festive table laden with traditional dishes. This is the first day of Lent - seven weeks before Easter begins the purification of body and soul so that the pure Christian can greet the resurrection of Christ pure.

Tags: Easter Lent Clean Monday Seafood
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