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The Civil Guard dismantles a food fraud network in Huelva and Alicante

The Civil Guard dismantles a food fraud network in Huelva and Alicante

Laura Rangel Ybarra

December 7, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.

La Civil Guard has carried out a significant intervention in the provinces of Huelva and Alicante, pointing to a major case of food fraud. In a meticulously coordinated operation, they have seized almost 3.000 hams and shoulders in Huelva, in addition to more than 5.000 liters of alcoholic beverages in Alicante. This intervention is one of the largest in the fight against food fraud in Spain, highlighting the seriousness and determination of the authorities in protecting the integrity of the products with designation of origin.

During the operation, The Civil Guard has detected 19 crimes related to products that have protected designations of origin. Food fraud not only represents a violation of trade regulations, it also puts public health at risk and negatively affects the local economy. This intervention underlines the commitment of law enforcement agencies to safeguard the quality and authenticity of Spanish food products.

Implications of food fraud and the response of authorities

Food fraud has profound implications on several levels. At the consumer level, trust in food quality is compromised. On an economic level, these crimes can have a negative impact on legitimate producers and the local economy. The action of the Civil Guard in Huelva and Alicante is a crucial step in protecting the interests of honest consumers and producers, and in preserving the reputation of Spanish products in national and international markets.

This operation not only highlights the importance of designations of origin as a guarantee of quality and origin, but also highlights the need for constant surveillance and regulation in the food sector. The fight against food fraud is a continuous task that requires the collaboration of various entities and public awareness about the importance of consuming authentic and quality products.

In summary, the intervention of the Civil Guard in Huelva and Alicante is a clear message against food fraud. This operation demonstrates the effectiveness and dedication of security forces in protecting the integrity and quality of food, a fundamental aspect for public health and the economy.

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