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Tons of potentially spoiled food removed from online shop warehouse

The Food and Veterinary Service (PVD), having received a complaint concerning the purchase of damaged chicken at the e-partika.lv Internet shop, carried out an inspection in which it removed a total of 1616,8 kilograms of food from circulation, the PVD said July 12.

82 types of products were removed from the shop-warehouse, 17 of which were products of plant origin and the rest were products of animal origin.

The PVD inspectors found that the supplier was “Fresh&more” with a shop-warehouse on Lubānas Street, which had not registered its activities in the PVD Enterprise Registry in accordance with the procedures specified.

During the examination, a number of infringements were identified which can have a significant impact on the safety of food products. The products in the store did not have accompanying documents, the origin of the products could not be determined, some products were unlabelled. It was also revealed that the shop-warehouse premises contained large quantities of products which were expired or whose expiry date could not be established, as well as the fact that for a large part of the products the expiry date was falsified.

For example, the freezer contained 158 kilograms of products of animal origin that expired on 14 July 2020, including frozen meat with signs of repeated freezing, in damaged packages.

The product storage did not meet the specified storage temperature, the air temperature at the store-warehouse premises was +35.6 degrees Celsius. The packages of products, the tops of shelves, were dirty, with a thick layer of dust.

The company's store-warehouse work is currently suspended. Administrative proceedings have been initiated. The e-partika.lv website is included in the list of internet shops where people are encouraged not to shop.

The PVD calls on consumers to be cautious and not to purchase foods of questionable quality and origin from non-registered food producers and distributors. Products of unknown origin pose a risk to the health of consumers as they may have been produced, transported and distributed under inappropriate hygiene conditions and at inappropriate temperatures, allowing the risk of food contamination.

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