According to the World Health Organization, more than 60% of cases of foodborne illnesses result from carelessness hygienic-sanitary handlers, inadequate processing techniques and disability care of the physical structure, fixtures and equipment. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the sanitary conditions and physical-structural manipulation area of minimarkets traders fresh meat of District VI, Recife - (PE), Brazil. For this, 21 establishments were visited, assessed using a checklist based on the checklist contained in Board Resolution n° 275/02 and the determinations of Board Resolution n° 216/2004, both of the Ministry of Health. The 12 items of the checklist were divided into three blocks: Buildings and facilities; Equipment, furniture and fixtures; and Sanitation facilities, equipments, furniture and fixtures. It was observed that 80.95% (n = 17) of the establishments had low attendance to the items evaluated, 19.05% (n = 4) average attendance and that none of minimarkets got a high attendance. It's necessary, therefore, better monitoring by officials of the Department of Health Surveillance, promoting adequacy of nonconforming items in order to ensure the provision of safe food to consumers.
food; good manufacturing practices; legislation; animal products; sanitary quality