Sweep of stores leads to confiscations

A handful of government agencies confiscated meat, food products and other items at just eight stores, they reported Wednesday.

The outlets were mainly Asian groceries, and one of the principal complaints is that the labels were not written in Spanish as the law requires.

The report comes from the same series of inspections in July that resulted in the closing of one store for health reasons. The total of confiscated goods does not count those from that store.

Workers from the Ministerio de Salud, the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, the Policía Municipal de San José, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería, the Policía de Control Fiscal, the Dirección General de Tributación, the Fuerza Pública, and the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal all participated in the inspections.

The inspectors looked at meats, alcoholic drinks, medicines, cosmetics, hygiene products and cigarettes.

A total of  182,455 cigarettes were confiscated, the agencies and ministries said Wednesday.

In addition to products with labels in a foreign language, the inspectors also said they found products that were not registered for sale in Costa Rica. Other labels were false and some products were out of date.

The animal health workers confiscated 600 kilos of beef and fish, the report said.

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