Foodies warned of poor hygiene at Netherlands sushi places
The sushi found at all-you-can-eat restaurants is often not fresh and not hygienically prepared, according to a study done by the consumer watchdog group Consumentenbond.
The association investigated 20 all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants and found that the quality of the food is quite poor. According to the association, there are two reasons for this. The sushi is stored for too long and kept in too high temperatures, and the staff do not follow the hygiene rules - they do not wash their hands often enough and use dirty boards.
The association found too much bacteria in 64 percent of the 160 portions of sushi they tested. In two restaurants, in Haarlem and Arnhem, they found too much bacteria in all the sushi they tested. In a sushi restaurant in Haarlem, the association found the E. coli bacteria. Only two of the 20 restaurants got an "acceptable" score at 5.9, the rest scored lower.
To help consumers choose a good sushi restaurant, the consumers' association has the following tips: Smell the sushi, if it smells like fish, it's not fresh. Look to see if the sushi ingredients are being kept in refrigerated displays. And if the sushi looks dry, it is not a good sign.
Food inspector Rob Geus is stunned by the Consumentenbond's findings. "To be honest, I am very shocked." he said in an interview with RTL Nieuws. "If only two of the 20 restaurants got a sufficient score, we really need to be careful."
According to him, the idea that getting an unlimited amount of sushi for a pittance should lead you to expect not-so-great quality, is ridiculous. "If you pay for food in a restaurant, you can always expect that it is hygienically prepared. Whether you're paying 17 or 35 euros for a sushi-arrangement, the base is that the food must be clean."
|Restaurant||City||Total score||Freshness (max. 5)||Hygeine (max. 5)||Sushi size||Amount of filling|
|Asian sushi boulevard||Tilburg||3.2||2||2||average||average|
|Sumo||Den Haag - Prinsestraat||3.2||2||2||average||much|
|Sumo||Haarlem - Oude Groenmarkt||2.9||1||5||average||much|
|Shabu Shabu||Amsterdam - Rembrandtplein||2.2||1||1||large||much|
Table data provided by Consumentenbond