By Cathy Elelman • 09 December 2019 • 18:00
OJBECTIVE: The Guardia want to dissuade traders from selling produce without the corresponding traceability or the corresponding labelling
THE Guardia Civil seized more than 19,000 kilos of ‘dodgy’ food products in inspections of Alicante province markets, fish markets and restaurants.
Officers from the Guardia’s SEPRONA Nature Protection Service checked produce for irregularities, including labelling, storage temperature, consumption date, traceability and minimum sizes.
At Altea fish market they confiscated 400 kilos of immature hake, octopus and monkfish below the regulation size and weight, and sold from different areas of the port or from refrigerated vehicles.
At Villajoyosa port officers surprised two individuals about to load an illegally caught 50 kilo red tuna into a van.
The biggest haul was at an Alicante wholesale market: 17,640 kilos of natural dates stored at the incorrect temperature, 33 kilos of immature fish and 50 kilos of frozen seafood which could not be traced and with irregularities in the cold chain for maintaining the product within the specified low-temperature range.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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