What you need to know before buying fish What you need to know before buying fish

What you need to know before buying fish

Current living 21 March, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.


This is a common household food, as it is known for its nutritional benefits. To avoid getting food poisoning, however, there are special precautions that should be taken.

The proper storage and handling of food at home is key to preventing foodborne illness. Another important aspect, and the first step of this process, is to choose your products wisely. Animal proteins, especially fish, can have warning signs when they are purchased.

The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection, offers the following guidelines so that you can make the best choice when purchasing fish:

The fish’s meat should be firm and elastic to touch. It should be well-attached to the bones and not fall off when placing pressure on it with your fingers. The fish should have a natural color depending on the type of fish it is, and its skin should be shiny.

If they haven’t been removed, its scales should be intact, well-attached to the skin and should have a metallic shine. It should not be viscous, or have a slimy, texture.

The fish’s smell should be pleasant, similar to how the sea smells. If its smell is reminiscent of ammonia or if it is foul-smelling, it is probably spoiled.

Its abdominal cavity should be clean and not contain innards, and its surface should be undamaged without scratches.

Its gills should be between a pink and deep red color, they should be moist and shiny, and not have viscous parts or bad odors.

The eyes should fill the entire eye socket, they should be transparent, bright, project outwards (not inwards) and the pupil should be dark.

Also read:  Eat seafood at least twice a week