Mussel from Galicia is subject to rigorous health checks that guarantees 100% quality.
The first phase of cultivation is to obtain seed or “mexilla” of the rocks of the coast in the months of October to April, or by collecting ropes that are thrown into the sea between the months of March to July. These practices are regulated by Public Administration. And so at the start of the culture it is produced the first verification of this activity through audit.
Once the mollusk achieved commercial size, it moves the port, where passes a second phase of quality control and certification. This control verifies that the product meets the quality parameters set.
Then the mussels are transported to processing and transformation centers, where the suitability of the products obtained with the standards is verified. Finally, they inspected randomly point of sale (central markets and retailers) to check the final status of the product prior to its acquisition by the consumer.
The quality control of Mussel from Galicia with Protected Designation of Origin is done by the technical control and certification of the Regulatory Council, with the assistance of Bureau Veritas, internationally recognized entity with over 170 years of experience.
Food Quality Warranty
The historical tradition and socio-economic importance in Galicia mussels has led to an extensive network of official research centers around the mussel that are an indicator of safety and security that difference Galicia of other mussel-producing areas in the world.
Include, among others, the European Reference Laboratory, part of the Spanish Agency of Consumer Affairs, Food Security and Nutrition (AECOSAN), the Institute of Marine Research (CSIC), the Foreign Health Laboratory (MAGRAMA), the Center for Marine Research (CIMA) and the Technological Institute of the Sea (Intecmar). The latter, under the Xunta de Galicia, is responsible for monitoring and controlling both the quality of the waters in which the mussels are cultivated, as the sanitary quality of seafood itself.
At the same time, the Regulating Council of Mussel from Galicia, within its R+ D+i Department, has a laboratory equipped for analysis. All this generates a wide knowledge of the estuaries (the average) of all that surrounds the culture (processes) and mussel and its products.
Furthermore, ay companies certified by the Regulatory Council seafood is subjected to a careful process to verify that the mussel reaching the market complies with all sanitary requirements.