Characterization of hygienic-sanitary conditions of medicinal plants marketing in fairs and markets of Belém-PA, Brazil [Caracterización de las condiciones higiénico-sanitarias de comercialización de las plantas medicinales en ferias y mercados de Belém-PA, Brasil]
Carneiro A.M.F.,Area de Ciencias Ambientales |
Salame H.I.,Area de Ciencias Ambientales |
da Costa M.F.M.,Area de Ciencias Ambientales |
Gomes J.S.,Area de Ciencias Ambientales |
And 2 more authors.
Revista Cubana de Plantas Medicinales | Year: 2010
INTRODUCTION: according to Economy Municipal Secretariat, the city of Belem, Pará, Brazil has 53 setting ups between flea markets and markets, distributed in different areas and districts. From these, 22 on a large scale, 10 on middle scale and 16 on a small scale. Besides, 13 are located in districts far away from the town center in Icoaraci, Outeiro and Mosqueiro. OBJECTIVE: marketing conditions of medicinal plants in these flea markets and markets were assessed. METHODS: authors went visiting 15 markets and/or flea markets after this visit 7 were ruled out due to the lack of suitable medicinal plant marketing shops, thus, only remained 8 as a research sample. They were characterized according its physical structure and hygienic-sanitary conditions. RESULTS: from the study markets and/or flea markets related to the physical structure, most (85%) was of wooden. In relation to the hygienic-sanitary conditions there were benches besides the sewers (25%) in places where garbage was at sight and/or under the boards (50%); besides the boards for meat marketing (14%); close to the food preparation (6%) and use of polluted water to wash the vegetables (74%). Also, there was a strong light incidence on the plants (14%), the conditioning in the reusable bottles of industrial products (99%). Also, the plants were mixed each other (61%), as well as with products of different origins (100%). CONCLUSIONS: there is a potential risk for these products.