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Foods 2018, 7(7), 103; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods7070103

Retail Stores Policies for Marketing of Lobsters in Sardinia (Italy) as Influenced by Different Practices Related to Animal Welfare and Product Quality

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Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sassari, Via Vienna 2, 07100 Sassari, Italy
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Department of Agriculture, Forest and Food Science, University of Turin, Via Verdi 8, 10124 Turin, Italy
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Received: 12 June 2018 / Revised: 22 June 2018 / Accepted: 29 June 2018 / Published: 2 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Seafood Safety, Quality and Processing)
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The aim of the present study was to evaluate the marketing policies of lobsters as influenced by different practices related to product quality in seven supermarkets located in Italy. Retailers were divided in two categories: large scale and medium scale. The two groups were compared to screen for differences and to assess differences in score distribution attributed to different practices related to product quality. Our results showed no statistical differences (p > 0.05) between the two categories. Lobsters were often marketed alive on ice and/or stocked for long periods in supermarket aquariums, highlighting the need to improve the specific European regulations on health, welfare, and quality at the market stage. Retail shop managers should be encouraged to develop better practices and policies in terms of marketing of lobsters. This will help in keeping the animals in good health and improve product quality at the marketing stages. View Full-Text
Keywords: crustaceans; supermarkets; aquarium; ice crustaceans; supermarkets; aquarium; ice
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Esposito, G.; Nucera, D.; Meloni, D. Retail Stores Policies for Marketing of Lobsters in Sardinia (Italy) as Influenced by Different Practices Related to Animal Welfare and Product Quality. Foods 2018, 7, 103.

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