Police seize 176 tonnes of food destined for families most in need.
MORE than 176 tonnes of food intended for disadvantaged people were seized for failing to comply with health regulations.
Two people have been investigated in connection with public health crimes for putting people at risk by delivering food products in breach of health requirements.
Anomalies were detected by staff at Galicia’s Agriculture and Fisheries team in December 2019.
Further inspections of the consignment belonging to Organizaciones Asociadas a Reparto (OAR), (association of distribution partners) which are responsible for delivering food the European Aid Fund for the most disadvantaged (FEAD) food programs.
“They had hidden these foodstuffs during previous inspections because of various types of irregularities in the quality, food health regulations, and in the management of the aid programs,” said the Guardia Civil.
Labels had also been tampered with.
After analysing the food seized, believed to be worth €285,000, only 30 per cent was found to be suitable for consumption.
This equates to 54 tonnes, worth €153,000, which has now been distributed through partner organisations.
The operation was carried out by the Guardia Civil’s Seprona officer in A Coruña, and the matter is now in the hands of the courts.
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