The Spanish Civil Guard confiscated a large batch of “wrong” jamon. As reported by the Interior Ministry of the Iberian Kingdom, the total value of delicacies produced with violations, amounted to more than one million euros.
During an investigation, law enforcement authorities found that dried pig legs, which were passed off as jamon Iberico (this type of product is considered elite, and therefore sold for a considerable price), had “anomalies”. It is worth noting that the production of jamon in Spain are supervised by regulatory boards, they clearly define how the product should be labeled and what documents shall be accompanied, depending on what breed of pig was used, how the animals were fattened, how long the meat matured. These rules, which allow you to clearly trace the chain of production, and were violated. Given the fact that the delicacy in Spain has a special status, it is produced only in regions of protected appellation, the “wrong” Jamon was recognized as “dangerous to consumer health. Now the entire seized batch will be destroyed. Those involved in its sale face charges of fraud.
It is noteworthy that the investigation began with a simple inspection carried out in a catering establishment in the province of Badajoz.