The economics ministry has checked the prices of tamales and children’s toys. A report is scheduled for today. The Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio also said that it would report on a study its inspectors did in conjunction with the Laboratorio Costarricense de Metrología on the accuracy of scales used in commerce. Tamales are a traditional holiday dish steeped in tradition. Most Costa Rican women would be horrified if they thought someone in their home was eating store-purchased tamales. Each family has its own recipe. The ministry checks the prices each holiday for the dough, meat and other ingredients. Usually they find wide differences

Fireworks continue to flood into the country from Nicaragua.

The Fuerza Pública in Upala found the explosives when they came upon individuals sneaking into the country at a location far removed from an official border crossing.

When they searched the dozens of illegal immigrants they found the fireworks, they reported. There were 9,893 of them, they said.

This is big business around the holidays because the market for skyrockets and other types of fireworks is strong in Costa Rica. The explosive devices are a tradition.

The security ministry has set up a task force with 3,000 officers to stop the importation and sale of fireworks. Confiscations like this one are a daily affair.

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