SÃO PAULO, (Reuters) - Brazilian health
and safety officials raided the England and Italy team hotels for next
month's World Cup and confiscated fish, butter, ham and other food past
their sell-by dates.
More than 50 kilograms of food deemed unfit for
consumption was taken from the Portobello Hotel where Italy will
stay and another 2kg was removed from England's Hotel Royal Tulip.
Both hotels are in Rio de Janeiro.
As part of a wider campaign by the 'State Secretariat for the
Defense and Protection of Consumers', officials visited 13
restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, shops and hotels, and notified
eight of them for irregularities.
“In total, 218kg of food unfit for consumption was discarded,” the
Secretariat said in a statement.
One of the biggest raids came on Monday at Italy’s hotel in
Mangaratiba, just outside the city of Rio. Officials there
discovered 25kg of seafood and margarine past the sell by date, and
another 24kg of meat, sauces, cheese and sugar that had no visible
They also removed 2.6kg of salmon, parma ham and butter after
visiting England’s hotel.
Both hotels were also warned for not providing condoms to guests, as
is required under Brazilian law.