[9 April/Food Navigator]

Spanish police seized 50 tonnes of meat products which included some that were expired for more than three years. Items were distributed in restaurants, hotels and schools in Mallorca. Three people were arrested and the company had stopped operations. It was possible that tainted meat had been consumed but there were no reports of illness according to investigators. The company falsified original labels, thawed products in hot water and stored them without meeting minimum sanitary conditions. They also added pig blood to increase weight. A freezer with 30,000 kilos of meat was found some of which had no traceability details. Canned food, salmon and octopus that were up to three years past their expiry date were also found.