Several parameters had to be met by thecafeterias and restaurants to receive the certification of nutritionalresponsibility in Ambato.
“Four months ago there was a meeting,through the Ministry of Tourism, with the owners of restaurants and cafeteriasto explain about the strategy. Those interested were trained and made severalchanges, “said the nutritionist of the 18D01 Health District, DianaRamírez.
The nutritionist visited the premises. With alist had to approve with 50 percent of the specifications to get category one,75% for two and 100 for three.
One of the requirements is that they haveavailable, free of charge, safe water in a large bottle. In addition, the saltshakers should not be on the tables of customers, in order to prevent thedevelopment of hypertensive diseases.
“Another rule is that the owners andworkers offer oral or written preparations only with natural fruit orvegetables not processed,” said the worker of the Quality Cafeteria,Rebeca Castillo. He added that this certification helps them improve their careand contribute to nutritional health.
“The establishments are waiting forpersonnel from the Ministry of Health’s central plant to finally obtain thecertificate. The majority is at 65 percent compliance in this first phase andin six months the restaurants and cafeterias will be visited again so that theyadd to their menu the caloric value of each alternative and can move up incategory “, he confirmed.
The strategy was necessary, because as owners oflocal food sales we must have a backing to offer healthy products, according toJorge Bedón of the Comma restaurant who also received this certification. (I)