Although tortillas are a common food in the Mexican diet, their quality is an aspect that has recently concerned the authorities due to the existence of “pirate tortillas”.
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These tortillas put the health of those who consume them at riskbecause they include unsuitable and unhealthy ingredients in order to reduce their production cost.
According to him Tortilla Governing Councilpirate tortillas are made with leftover corn, corn flour, non-potable water, lime in large quantities and tortillas from previous days.
On the contrary, the original tortillas are made exclusively by corn dough, a portion of lime and water. The lime used to make tortillas it is not the same as the one used for constructionbut it must be the so-called “quicklime”, which helps the mixtamalization process.
How to identify pirate tortillas?
To identify a pirate tortilla, it is recommended to check its appearance, smell and texture. According to him Tortilla Governing Council The main features to consider are:
- A bad smell, which can be reduced with an excess use of lime
- It can also be seen that the dough of the “pirate tortillas” is white, when the color it should have is “cream”, because it contains the pigments of the corn.
- An original tortilla smells like corn and has yellowish pigments
- Well-made tortillas have a soft texture, but they do not crack or break.
- The texture of the tortillas must be thick and consistent; In addition, they must react well to overheating, since they must be inflated
- Original tortillas can be stored in a brown bag in the refrigerator; will keep for up to three days or more
- The “pirate tortillas” can have a low price, compared to the average in which it is
- When eaten, it should not taste like earth, lime or be very salty.
It is important to remember that the priority is to take care of the health of consumerssince buying “pirate tortillas” at a lower price could pose a great danger to the body and cause poisoning.
What to do to avoid the risk of acquiring “pirate tortillas”?
The Tortilla Governing Council recommends:
- Purchase in tortilla factories where you can observe the elaboration process (machinery, handling of the dough and hygiene conditions)
- Avoid buying them in other types of establishments such as small shops, chicken shops or collection offices
- If the price is lower, you should doubt the raw materials with which it was made
- If the sale of “pirate tortillas” is detected, it can be reported to Profeco