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Police bust prosciutto-maker who fed pigs waste

Around 2,300 DOP hams seized

Police bust prosciutto-maker who fed pigs waste

(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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