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.