Chinese stores targeted by inspectors

Not only western expats have problems with their special foods and medicines passing through Costa Rican customs.

A multi-agency force raided Chinese food stores Monday and Tuesday in San José. Two outlets were closed and many products were confiscated.

The Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio said it participated with Tributación Directa, Policía de Control Fiscal, Fuerza Pública, and the Policía Municipal, the  Ministerio de Salud and immigration agents.

They were seeking food items and medicines that had not been approved by the health ministry. They also were checking receipts and licensing.

The ministry also said that products were found without labels and there were health violations.

The two store that were closed also had their inventories confiscated because conditions there were considered unfit for the sale of  items for human consumption, said the ministry.

Costa Rican law also requires labels to be affixed in Spanish even if the majority of the customers speak another language.

Thee sweep is expected to last the rest of the week.

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