Imported meat needs to be more thoroughly checked and traced all the way to shelves and stores the Cyprus Consumers Association said on Tuesday after reports that frozen meat was left to defrost and sold on to people as fresh.
Brought to light by Politis the paper said there had been complaints that once frozen imported meat was brought to the island from any other European country and had gone through all the necessary checks by the veterinary services was defrosted and then sold at retail stores as fresh meat.
Allegedly the deals were made in the back alleys or remote fields were the meat was loaded to different trucks after it was sold so as to avoid prying eyes or checks.
Expressing its concern for public health, the association said they had brought the matter to the attention of Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis back in February 2014 who had assured them the meat quality was fine.
However, after the matter resurfaced this week, the association called on all authorities “to take all the necessary measures so consumers will stop being misled.”
“We expect to see authorities’ respond to this matter and hope that this time there will be a permanent solution to this problem.”