Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Police bust prosciutto-maker who fed pigs waste

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(ANSA) - Milan, July 19 - Police in Cremona, northern Italy,
on Thursday seized some 2,300 hams as part of an operation
against a local producer who fed pigs with waste from
agricultural production.
The Parma, San Daniele and Modena hams, all marked with the
DOP quality guarantee, were seized by a special unit of the
Carabinieri police force from some 40 seasoning facilities
scattered around the Emilia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions.
The hams were made from pigs who were fed waste materials
which should have been sent to biogas plants for disposal.
The owner of the production facility together with the owner
of two feed-production plants face charges that include fraud.
The total value of the hams seized in the operation called
Trash Food was estimated to be approximately 300,000 euros.
Police caught on to the fraud when they visited one of the
pig farms during regular hygiene checks and found large amounts
of industrial waste stocked there.
Along with the hams, police also seized 750 pigs and 30
tons of production waste materials.
"There should be zero tolerance against those who continue
to try and take advantage of consumers," said Fabio Rainieri, a
Northern League MP and the secretary of the House agriculture
committee.
"Anyone who plays with the health of our people must end up
in jail and, as far as I'm concerned, we can throw away the
key".

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