Toyosu Market Officials Hoping to Promote Fish Freshness

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Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Officials of the new Toyosu wholesale food market in Tokyo are hoping to promote the enclosed facilities, enabling control of fish temperature and food hygiene, as the market's most prominent selling point.

The officials are pinning hopes on this strength to expand the amount of fish handled at the market.

The market in the Toyosu district of the Koto Ward, to succeed the aging Tsukiji market in Chuo Ward, will open on Oct. 11.

As the Tsukiji market is easily affected by the air outside, due to the market being exposed to open air, as well as the lack of air conditioners in many facilities, many cases were found of the temperature rising for fish brought to the market this summer, which produced many days of torrid heat.

Wholesalers and others scrambled to maintain fish freshness. An auctioneer of fish auctions at the market said that 50 pct more ice was poured into the boxes storing fish than usual.

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