Flies. Non-refrigerated seafood and uncovered hanging meats. Street dust. When shopping at an open market, what may appear unsanitary and culturally shocking to some, may simply be another ordinary market day.
The displaying of certain food products at an open market may be affected by the culture of a country.
Some cultures demand that each vendor pass strict health inspections and get a variety of business licenses before selling at any open market business. Creating a culture of proper food handling and storage is usually the goal for the health department staff, so sanitation and cleanliness are two focal areas.
The open market found in health regulated cultures typically are cleaner and more modern. Enclosed refrigerated units, house meats and seafood so bacteria levels are kept low due to the cool temperatures and flies and other insects are unable to dine uninvited! Dust is kept to a minimum by individually packaging the foods and locating the market on a paved instead of an unfinished dirt surface.
Have you noticed the average healthy human body has an amazing ability to adjust itself to survive?
Unregulated, unhealthy open markets commonly exists in may cultures today, yet, despite the flies, dirt and bacteria, the people who consume the food products endure and continue to raise many generations to follow in the everyday culture of the open markets.
Are you culturally shocked or pleasantly pleased with your local open market displays?
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