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Rotten Stuff 22 people arrested for selling expired meat in the Canary Islands

These people allegedly knew the expiration of the food products and acquired them at a reduced price

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Spanish Civil Guard during Operation BIFE

Spanish Civil Guard during Operation BIFE

Spanish Civil Guard during Operation BIFE

The Spanish Civil Guard has arrested 22 people for selling 230,000kg of unsafe food in the Canary Islands.

The arrests were made as part of Operation BIFE, which is mainly dedicated to the safe sale and supply of meat products.

Since December 2018, Public Health Inspectors and Seprona agents have carried out an investigation in eight establishments in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, finding more than 1,500 pallets weighing approximately 1,500,000kg of food products in cold rooms.

However, many these food products were expired and were seized for further inspection.

The Civil Guard, Nature Protection Service, Laboratory of the Directorate of the Area of Health of Gran Canaria, and the Sanitary Inspection Service also helped to carry out this investigation.

After verifying the food products, Public Health Inspectors found irregularities such as the expiration date; replacement of original labels with fake ones with false dates; damaged or opened food packaging; and meats that were frozen and out date when they were supposed to refrigerated only.

Additionally, there were large quantities of food that were untraceable with no documentation stating the legal origin.

Public Health Inspectors ruled that this food was unsuitable for human consumption and have arrested 22 people in relation to this investigation.

These people allegedly knew the expiration of the food products and acquired them at a reduced price.

Those responsible are being investigated for alleged continuing crimes against Public Health, Document Falsehood, Fraud, and against Industrial Property.

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