The State Veterinary Administration, alongside Police, found beef, pork, poultry, and fish, of an unidentified origin on Thursday. The meat and fish were found in a warehouse in the Sapa market and totaled to 60 kgs in weight.
Sapa is known as the Vietnamese neighborhood of Prague.
The offenders are facing heavy fines of up to 10 million CZK, and the inspectors have ordered for the disposal of all products found.
Last year, health and safety inspections were brought back to the market in Libuše, due to concerns. Of the 15 inspections conducted, 13 of them found defects. To address the health violations, a fine of 400,000 CZK was proposed, which is twenty times higher than the fine from the year before.
The State Veterinary Administration supervises over five thousand businesses handling animal products. Last year saw a record high in imposed fines, reaching a total of 28.5 million CZK.
The most common violation has been that the seller could not prove the meat’s origin, making this recent find a part of a prevailing issue.