Italy seizes 60 tons of dodgy food in pre-Xmas swoop

2014-12-23 18:28


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Rome - Italian police have seized more than 60 tons of mislabelled or expired food, including sweets destined for Christmas market stalls that had a sell-by date of 2007.

Officers conducted more than 2 000 inspections as part of a special nationwide sweep ahead of the Christmas festivities. Almost 60 factories, warehouses and workshops were requisitioned; more than 650 people were reported to authorities. A total of €670 000 were meted out in fines, police said on Tuesday.

In one of the most worrying cases, police in the southern city of Salerno confiscated 180 000kg of sweets and chocolates that were not meant to have been sold later than seven years ago.

In Milan, police seized 280 000kg of mouldy mandarines, onions and carrots, as well as 250 000kg of apples of unknown origin. They also found 2 400kg of meat and fish full of parasites in the city's Chinatown neighbourhood.

Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina praised the police, and said the operation showcased "the strength of our system of controls and the great professionalism that we display every day in protecting consumers and honest professionals".

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