Brazil un­cov­ers syn­di­cate that im­port il­le­gally adul­ter­ated fish

New Straits Times - - Business -

BRASÍLIA: Po­lice said on Tues­day they have un­cov­ered a ring that im­ported Chi­nese fish il­le­gally adul­ter­ated to be heav­ier and as such, worth more when resold.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors from the agri­cul­ture min­istry in the south­ern state of Santa Cata­rina found lo­cal busi­nesses sell­ing adul­ter­ated pol­lock, hake and other im­ported species, said po­lice in a state­ment.

The fish had been in­jected with “wa­ter and chem­i­cal prod­ucts, which among other ef­fects raised the price of the prod­ucts”, said po­lice. The fish were then routed by cor­rupt agri­cul­tural in­spec­tors to avoid the usual con­trols, said the state­ment.

The adul­ter­ation took place in China, said fed­eral po­lice rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mauri­cio Tode­s­chini in the city of Ita­jai, adding that the scheme ran from 2015 to this year.

In March, Brazil’s huge meat ex­port in­dus­try was hit by rev­e­la­tions that 21 Brazil­ian pro­cess­ing firms had been us­ing chem­i­cals to make old meat look fresh. AFP

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