Seizures of pork for a sum equal to 50 thousand euros, lacking the indication of origin and with references to the protection marks. Inspections in sausage and ham factories
In recent days, the soldiers of the Agri-Food Protection Command have continued the controls of the livestock supply chain and quality brands, in order to protect food safety and correct conduct in terms of commercial practices.
Several cured meats and ham factories were inspected with the aim of verifying compliance with the labeling of processed pork, in compliance with the Ministerial Decree of 6 August 2020.
Irregularities were found, due to lack of indication of the origin of the pork.
In some salami factories in the provinces of:
– Ferrara, 333 kg of “spicy Napoli Salsiccia”, ready to market, and 160 kg of irregular labels seized;
– Modena, 1,200 packages of “cooked Cotechino” were seized, for a total of 600 kg; 132 packs of stuffed pasta “Cappello del prete cotto”, for a total of 79 kg; 2,784 packs of various cured meats (salami, bacon, flakes, cured ham, greaves), for a total of 3,280 kg. In addition, 15,000 labels evoking “Prosciutto di Modena PDO” and 93 kg of Coppa di Modena and Coppa di Bologna were confiscated.
– Piacenza, 285 kg of processed pork (smoothed salami, Hungarian salami and Milano salami) seized.
The total value of the goods seized amounts to about 50 thousand euros.
Discrepancies have been detected, due to evocations of the designations of origin, in some pig meat processing and transformation companies. In the provinces of:
– Parma, at a ham factory, slices of generic vacuum-packed raw ham were found, without the distinctive fire mark, sold as “Prosciutto di Parma PDO” and which the purchasing company used in the production of filled pasta, falsely reiterating the use of the trademarked product. 23 slices of raw ham seized, for a total of 51 kg. Three people reported for commercial fraud and counterfeiting of denomination of origin of agri-food products (515 and 517 quater of the Italian Penal Code);
– Pisa, on the company website, “Cacciatore” salami was advertised evoking the “Italian salami alla cacciatora DOP”. The owner has been warned to make the appropriate changes on the company’s website.
Sanctions of 17,700 euros are contested.