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Physical hazards in dairy products: Incidence in a consumer complaint website in Brazil

Author:
Aguiar, Ricardo S., Esmerino, Erick A., Rocha, Ramon S., Pimentel, Tatiana C., Alvarenga, Verônica O., Freitas, Mônica Q., Silva, Marcia C., Sant'Ana, Anderson S., Silva, Adriana C.O., Cruz, Adriano G.
Source:
Food control 2018 v.86 pp. 66-70
ISSN:
0956-7135
Subject:
Internet, UHT milk, cottage cheese, dried milk, insects, milk, plastics, public sector, yogurt, Brazil
Abstract:
The incidence of physical hazards in dairy products (2012–2016) was investigated through a complaint website (Reclame Aqui) used by Brazilian consumers to report complaints. Among the complaints, 2% referred to the presence of physical hazards in the products. With regard to milk and dairy products, 515 complaints were reported, with the greatest percentage for yogurt/milk drink (37%) followed by UHT milk (14.6%) and milk powder (10.7%). The least cited products were Prato Cheese, Brie-type cheese, and Cottage cheese (0.3–0.4%). The most reported hazards were the presence of foreign objects (42.4%), followed by insects (23.3%), hair (15.2%), plastics (11.1%), metal (6.2%) and fabric (1.8%). The results showed failures in both Brazilian dairy foods processing and the public-sector inspection, and demonstrated that the Internet has proven to be an effective tool for spreading consumer dissatisfaction.