They ask that instead of acitrón they use dried fruit or tie for the decoration of the rosca de reyes. Photo: Cuartoscuro / Archive
Users of social networks called on the general population not to consume roscas de reyes that use acitrón as raw material, because this ingredient is extracted from the heart of the biznaga, an endemic and endangered cactus, according to to the Official Mexican Standard 059.
The call is to look for roscas de reyes that instead of acitrón use dried fruit or tie for decoration, in order to avoid the extraction of wild flora that grows one centimeter per year.
Article 420 of the Federal Penal Code establishes penalties of one to nine years in prison and a fine of up to 260 thousand 640 pesos to anyone who extracts wild, terrestrial or aquatic flora or fauna that is closed, endemic, threatened or in danger of extinction.
Please, do not consume threads that contain acitron to produce it, biznagas, Mexican desert species in danger of extinction are illegally extracted (their trade has been a federal crime since 2005). Replace them with threads with ate, they taste better 🙂 “, wrote Oswaldo Gallo on his Twitter account.
Meanwhile, Facebook users denounced María Luisa Espinosa Castillo, who sells roscas de reyes with acitrón in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.
Amigos de Coatza at the request of some clients on January 6 we will be delivering threads in the former booth at 4 pm. All have pineapple, walnut, prune and acitrón. Make your orders early “, promotes the lady.
The Profepa telephone number to report those who extract the biznagas from their natural environment to produce acitrón is 800 776 33 72.
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