Bad food confiscated from Italy, England World Cup hotels

Mon May 26, 2014 10:51pm EDT

A view of the Royal Tulip hotel, where the England soccer team will be staying at during the 2014 World Cup, in front of Sao Conrado beach in Rio de Janeiro, February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

A view of the Royal Tulip hotel, where the England soccer team will be staying at during the 2014 World Cup, in front of Sao Conrado beach in Rio de Janeiro, February 18, 2014.

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SÃO PAULO, (Reuters) - Brazilian health and safety officials raided the England and Italy team hotels for next month's World Cup and confiscated fish, butter, ham and other food past their sell-by dates.

More than 50 kilograms of food deemed unfit for consumption was taken from the Portobello Hotel where Italy will stay and another 2kg was removed from England's Hotel Royal Tulip. Both hotels are in Rio de Janeiro.

As part of a wider campaign by the 'State Secretariat for the Defense and Protection of Consumers', officials visited 13 restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, shops and hotels, and notified eight of them for irregularities.

“In total, 218kg of food unfit for consumption was discarded,” the Secretariat said in a statement.

One of the biggest raids came on Monday at Italy’s hotel in Mangaratiba, just outside the city of Rio. Officials there discovered 25kg of seafood and margarine past the sell by date, and another 24kg of meat, sauces, cheese and sugar that had no visible sell-by date.

They also removed 2.6kg of salmon, parma ham and butter after visiting England’s hotel.

Both hotels were also warned for not providing condoms to guests, as is required under Brazilian law.

Agents also visited the Hotel Caesar Park where the Netherlands squad will be based but found no irregularities there.

Thirty-two teams will take part in the World Cup next month, the first to be held in Brazil since 1950. Many of them will bring their own food and their own chefs.

(Editing by Ian Ransom)

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So the hotels were serving old food, past the sell-by dates? Showing their lack of gratitude and corruption.

May 27, 2014 10:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nagurski808 wrote:
There are grocery stores n Brazil that sell past due food at special prices. This is normal for Brazil to serve food with a past due date. The poor will eat anything because it is better than being hungry. So the hotel purchasing agent bills for fresh food and shops at the discounted stores and pockets the difference in the price. This is the way the world works now. Everything is cost driven even if a couple of people get sick nobody cares.

May 30, 2014 1:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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