Iberian ham is one of the emblems of Spain. A food that is manufactured throughout our country whose organoleptic properties they have placed it in the ‘Olympus’ of world gastronomy. However, Iberico is an expensive product that some brands adulterate and falsify to obtain huge profits through food fraud. Just two weeks ago, Seprona agents detained three people for crimes related to public health after introducing non-Iberian hams and shoulders to the market.
Now, the Civil Guard has uncovered a new food fraud in the commercialization of Iberian products, in a joint operation with the veterinarians of the Extremadura Health Service (SES), in which seven companies from the provinces of Badajoz, Salamanca, Madrid are involved and Murcia and that has led to immobilization of 29,000 parts valued at more than one million euros, including 19,600 shoulders and hams.
In the operation, ten people have been arrested and investigated as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of scam, falsification of documents, against public health and consumers, related to the fraudulent marketing of cured meat products, mainly Iberian products, the Civil Guard reported this Wednesday in a statement.
The investigation began when agents of the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) of the Hornachos Civil Guard (Badajoz), together with the veterinarians of the Llerena-Zafra Health Area, they inspected a food establishment in the municipality of Zafra.
In this inspection it was possible to detect numerous anomalies in meat products, mainly in shoulders, hams and their derivatives (centers, slices, etc …) and serious deficiencies in traceability were observed that made it impossible to prove its legal origin. The genus was also stored together with animal by-products not intended for human consumption.
Given the suspicions that the aforementioned company could be committing an alleged criminal offense, the steps taken by the Seprona de Badajoz were able to verify the illegal marketing of these food products with confusing traceability, lacking labels and sanitary records, with seals of Iberian regulations violated or placed in an irregular way.
This raised doubts in relation to the possibility of finding and following the trace of the products, through the different stages of their commercialization, as required by the regulations.
After examining the data in the documentation provided by the company, they also checked numerous irregularities in its completion, with incomplete information, alteration of the commercial brand of the products and falsification of commercial documents that supposedly covered commercial transactions not carried out or that had been returned by clients who alleged the bad condition for their consumption.
In the operation, 29,000 pieces have been immobilized, of which more than 19,600 are pork legs (within and outside the Iberian regulations), which will be destroyed as they are considered a risk to the health of consumers due to lack of sanitary guarantees and not safeguard food safety.
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