09 February 2012

Warning Issued Against U.P.'s Isaw

U.P. Isaw
Everyone who studied in University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman knows that the school not only provide stellar education to its students, but also affordable street food near the Kalayaan dormitory and Shopping Center. Street food usually refers to an array of grilled meats, juice drinks, and others.

One of the most sought-after among these street delicacies in U.P. Diliman is the grilled isaw (intestines), which is available at around 3:00 PM. After the isaw is cooked, the vendor will allow the consumer to dip it in vinegar seasoned with garlic and onions. The crunchy exterior of the intestines, the chewy texture of the meat and the aroma of barbecued food are some of the reasons why isaw in U.P. Diliman was considered as one of the most crave delicacies by many iskolar ng bayan.

The problem is that, aside from high in cholesterol, street food in the country did not pass the quality standards of the government. According to the Department of Science and Technology - Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) and the Center for International Migration and Development (CIMD), food samples from Davao City, Cagayan de Oro, Laguna, and U.P. Diliman did not pass the same process as certified food establishments.

In a report on the same subject, Inquirer.net quoted CIMD food consultant Dietmar Speckmaier, who said, "Initial results of the study showed significant amounts of pathogens like salmonella and E. coli [present in the food items examined]." Speckmaier pointed out: "The amount is significant enough to make people sick."

For the record, the DOST-CIMD study did not specifically identify the vendors who were selling "unsafe" street food. Perhaps, street food fans in the areas identified should just be more discerning about where they get their fix.