Brazilian police has said they have uncovered a ring that imported Chinese fish illegally adulterated to be heavier and as such, worth more when resold. Investigators from the agriculture ministry in the southern state of Santa Catarina found local businesses selling adulterated pollock, hake and other imported species, police said in a statement Tuesday.
The fish had been injected with “water and chemical products, which among other effects raised the price of the products,” police said. The fish were then routed by corrupt agricultural inspectors to avoid the usual controls, the statement said.
The adulteration took place while still in China, federal police representative Mauricio Todeschini in the city of Itajai told AFP, adding that the scheme ran from 2015-2017. The value of the partly “counterfeit” fish was not known but the products had been sold “all around Brazil,” he said.
In March, Brazil’s huge meat export industry was hit by revelations that 21 Brazilian processing companies had been using chemicals to make old meat look fresh.