Danger in Brazil! Expired food everywhere

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Brazilian health officials have raided hotels that will
host visiting World Cup teams, including England
and Italy, and confiscated expired food such as
shrimp and salmon from their kitchens.
“The checks were carried out as part of our drive
to see food safety codes enforced as part of a
round of inspections being undertaken given the
close proximity of the World Cup,” Fabio
Domingos, head of inspections at Rio de Janeiro
state consumer protection agency Procon said.
Teams are arriving for the World Cup, which kicks
off on June 12. About 600,000 foreign fans and 3.1
million Brazilians are also expected to descend on
the 12 host cities.
Procon said its inspectors had found 25 kilograms
(55 pounds) of expired shrimp, salmon, margarine
and pasta at the Hotel Portobello, which will house
the Italian delegation in Mangaratiba just west of
Rio.
Domingos said the shrimp had expired in early
April.
The inspectors also removed another 24 kilos of
food that had no date labeling.
An inspection at the Royal Tulip Hotel in Rio, where
England will stay, uncovered some two kilos of
out-of-date salmon, butter and ham.
Procon said other hotels would be checked as
“teams and fans are all consumers, and we are
acting for their benefit.”
It said hotels must tell government officials why
they have out of date food on the premises within
10 days or face a fine.

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