Saturday, November 16, 2013

Contaminated Buko Salad

Student complains after finding 5-peso coin in her buko salad

Human Biology student complains to the MRO after finding a five-peso coin in her buko salad.

A student was about to finish her favorite desert when she found a five-peso coin mixed with her Buko Salad. “Sobrang nagulat talaga ko, nakakaines, paubos na kase yung buko salad nung nakita ko yung five pesos”, Laroza said, while giving a face of disappointment. “Buti nalang hindi ko nalunok”, she added.

This was not the first time a student encountered  a food contaminant in his/ her meal in the said
concessionaire, said Laroza.
According to her, and some other students –particularly dormers-, who have experienced dining in the concessionaire, food contamination has always been an issue, most of them just didn’t bother to report.

Food contamination is the presence of contaminants in food. Contaminants may be objects or substances not intentionally added to food, they can be physical, biological, or chemical. Physical contaminants are usually objects accidentally introduced to food, examples of these are strands of hair, small beads, glass, etc., biological contaminants are living organisms such as fungi or bacteria, house dust and molds, and the like. Chemical contaminants are chemicals and compounds that can potentially harm humans, like rusting iron, or a drop of paint. In Laroza’s case, her food was contaminated with a chemical contaminant, the five-peso coin.

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Always practice good hygiene

Instances like this are inevitable. Since food handling and preparation are beyond the consumers’ control, to make sure you eat safely, always wash your hands with clean soap and warm water thoroughly before eating.

MRO on the issue

Concerns like food contamination fall under the responsibility of the Materials Resource Office (MRO), their office is located at the LDH building, west campus of the university.

Mr. Lamberto Beltran – the head of the MRO office – shows a face of shock and disappointment upon hearing the complaint, and the report that the food contamination happened in the said concessionaire. “mejo nakakagulat”, stops for awhile, “kase ang **** **** number one yan dito sa mga concessionaires naten sa square, sila kase ang may pinaka magandang service”.

When Mr. Beltran was asked if they have any standards the concessionaires have to follow, he swiftly got up from his seat and reached for the concessionaire’s contracts placed on the left side of his drawer.

”We have measures and it’s included in their contracts, they have to prepare adequate and nutritious food, ang water nga naten dun, filtered”, Beltran said, while showing me all the papers. “Ang staff naten ay required magsuot ng hairnet and apron, some even use gloves if necessary, hindi lang yun, lahat din ng nagtatrabaho sa bawat concessionaire dito sa square, may medical certificates yan, kase they’re required to undergo physical examination before they can start their duties.”, he added.

Mr. Beltran also said that they call for monthly meetings where they discuss issues and concerns about the concessionaire’s needs, their way of disposing garbage properly, and the use of hair nets and aprons.

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As of now, Beltran of MRO said that he’ll be calling the attention of the concessionaire to inform them about what happened last Thursday, and what has been happening the past few months.

”Ipapatawag namin sila, at kakausapin, pero sana, next time na may ma encounter na ganun ang mga students, ay sabihin agad nila dun sa nagtitinda mismo, para naman hindi sila magugulat pag bigla naming pinatawag dito sa office.”

For complaints and other concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the Materials Resource Office at 416-4566 local (310).

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