Sea food seized

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By Alex Watkins HALF a tonne of sword­fish and oc­to­pus that was un­fit for hu­man con­sump­tion has been seized by Guardia Civil at Ali­cante and Santa Pola ports.

The first of the in­spec­tions by the force’s en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vice (SEPRONA) found 11 en­tire sword­fish weigh­ing a to­tal of 333 kilo­grams which had no doc­u­men­ta­tion or la­belling to prove where they had come from.

Pub­lic health in­spec­tors de­ter­mined that the catch could not be used for hu­man con­sump­tion and or­dered it all to be de­stroyed.

The se­cond in­spec­tion, in Santa Pola in­ter­cepted a van leav­ing the port with 161kg of com­mon oc­to­pus hid­den in the back.

The of­fi­cers con­cluded from their ex­am­i­na­tion that it had not passed through the mar­ket so had not been checked for health and safety.

A force spokesman ex­plained the oc­to­puses were also smaller than the min­i­mum le­gal size.

In both cases ac­tion was taken for ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fences in vi­o­la­tion of fish­ing and health leg­is­la­tion re­gard­ing food prod­ucts.

The sword­fish had to be de­stroyed

Carolina Gra­cia

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