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More than 7,500 kilos of Japanese clams seized in Matosinhos

GNR inspected a car with several bags of clams not big enough to be commercialized, and identified the driver for catching bivalves in conditions harmful to public health.

The GNR seized this Tuesday 7,520 kilograms of clams (Ruditapes philippinarum), in the Greater Porto area, for lack of valid transport documents and because the bivalves are below the ideal size for capture, announced the National Republican Guard.

The seizure, according to the GNR statement, occurred after the inspection of a "goods vehicle carrying several batches of bivalves, which included several sacks of clams", found that "it did not have valid transport documents" and that the cargo was circulating "without the minimum size reference required to be caught and marketed, and 7,520 kilograms of clams were seized.

In this action was also "identified the driver of the vehicle, a 39-year-old man, and five administrative offenses were issued for transporting undersized shellfish and for lack of traceability, being these offenses punishable by fines of up to 37,500 euros," says the press release.

Also according to the Guard, the records were sent to the Food and Economic Security Authority (ASAE).

The GNR recalls that the capture, storage and shipping of this type of bivalves, without being subjected to purification or hygiene control, can endanger public health, if introduced into consumption, due to possible contamination with toxins, and the document proving the origin is essential to ensure the traceability of bivalves.


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