10 tons of out-of-date candy found

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The Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) together with the State Police has uncovered almost ten tons of expired candy that was to be relabeled and sold to major retailers, the service said Friday. This is the largest-ever relabeling scheme uncovered in Latvia.

Almost ten tons – including confectionery, chocolate, and cookies – were uncovered at the Triom company warehouse in Jelgava. 

The company has in the past delivered products to major retailers like Maxima, Rimi, Mego and Elvi.

PVD inspectors uncovered paint removers, solvents and other things used to remove the original label.

A total of 26 seals and seal forms used for relabeling the expiry dates were discovered at the warehouse.

The warehouse was also used to repackage food by moving expired food to larger containers, relabeled with a new expiry date and supplied with accompanying documents.

According to PVD, the counterfeit labels were practically impossible to distinguish from the original.

The sweets were repackaged using tailored packaging similar to the original and using the original brand logos.

PVD has recalled the relabeled products from retail chains across Latvia.

The food authority has ceased the company's operations. Administrative proceedings have been started against Triom.

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