Sea food seized
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