The Civil Guard, detained six people and investigated another two in the framework of two actions carried out in Madrid and Salamanca in which he investigated companies engaged in the food sector for the fraudulent sale of meat products.
To do this, as explained in a press release, in some cases they labeled and used false traceability of meat products for pretend they were Iberian; and in others they illegally used the image of the Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) Guijuelo to sell Iberian products.
Agents of the Seprona of the Command of the Civil Guard of Madrid, in the ‘Slice operation‘, they have detained 6 people and investigated 2 others, belonging to seven food companies located in the provinces of Madrid, Córdoba, Toledo and Badajoz, which were engaged in manipulating and falsifying the traceability and labeling of meat product packaging. They are charged with crimes against public health, fraud, forgery, against industrial property and theft related to the market and consumers.
A total of 63,123 packages of sliced products, which in the market would have reached a value of 967,000 euros and would have caused a public health risk, as they are considered unfit for consumption.
The investigation began last year when suspicious documentation was detected relating to batches of sliced containers of loin, shoulder and ham that had been prepared for commercialization as Iberian and Iberian bait products in a warehouse in Córdoba, and from where they were sent to a major supermarket chain for sale nationwide, which was unaware of the falsity of the products.
The analysis of the documentation of the Food Quality Area of the Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid and the Agrifood Quality Control Service of the Junta de Andalucía, as well as information provided by certifiers, led to irregularities related to a possible documentary falsification and / or duplication in batches at the national level.
Later in a Getafe logistics center From the supermarket chain, 5,768 packages of supposedly Iberian products ready to be sold were immobilized. The agents discovered that in other logistics centers of the same chain, located in the provinces of Córdoba, Toledo, Barcelona, Seville, Malaga, Alicante, Almería, Cádiz, Zaragoza and Valladolid, they had thousands of containers stored with Iberian products that also presented the same irregularities related to the use of commercial health records of third companies without their consent, as well as falsification and manipulation in their traceability and labeling.
In these centers, so that these false Iberian products were not introduced into the food market, a total of 56,100 more packages of sliced products were immobilized.
Fraudulent marketing of hams
In another action, Seprona agents of the Salamanca Civil Guard Command learned of the existence of a company dedicated to the sale of cured products from pork, which had two physical stores in the province of Jaén and a website for direct sales to the public, which could be fraudulently selling such products, especially hams. For this I would be usurping trademarks, especially belonging to the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Guijuelo and not complying with the Iberian quality standard, with the consequent damage to buyers and the risk to public health.
According to the information provided by the Civil Guard, those responsible for the company have been investigated, a man and a woman residing in La Carolina (Jaén) with various police records, as alleged perpetrators of fraud crimes, against industrial property and against consumers.
The research carried out revealed how the company marketed hams as “100% acorn” and originating from the Guijuelo PDO, advertised for a significantly lower price to those legally marketed under said denomination, in order to obtain great economic benefits. The agents found, among other irregularities, that the vitolas that the hams were carrying, qualifying the product as 100% acorn-fed Iberian ham, were incorrect as they did not comply with the Iberian quality standard and also those stipulated in the Guijuelo PDO. Also that the commercial label had a Guijuelo PDO logo printed on it, inducing the consumer to think that it is a product covered by said denomination.
Therefore, the agents registered the two physical establishments that the company owned hams and sausages in the province of Jaén, accompanied by veterinarians belonging to the Ministry of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía.
See him seized more than a thousand vitolas and labels with the falsified logos of the Guijuelo PDO and from several companies in Salamanca, as well as 7 hams and loins already falsely labeled and ready for shipment.
This investigation has been carried out by agents belonging to the Seprona of the Salamanca Civil Guard Command, who have had the support of the Judicial Police Team of Lora del Río (Seville) and the Nature Protection Team of Jaén .