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Revista Cubana de Plantas Medicinales

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FERREIRA CARNEIRO, Alexandre Mansuê et al. Characterization of hygienic-sanitary conditions of medicinal plants marketing in fairs and markets of Belém-PA, Brazil. Rev Cubana Plant Med [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.2, pp.66-74. ISSN 1028-4796.

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.

Palabras clave : medicinal plants; marketing; market/flea market.

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