Sunday 21 December 2014

Old food found at World Cup hotels

Published 27/05/2014 | 13:17

The England team will arrive at their Rio World Cup base next month (AP)
The England team will arrive at their Rio World Cup base next month (AP)

Out-of-date food has been found at a Brazilian hotel where the England team will be staying during the World Cup, a consumer watchdog said.

A search of the Royal Tulip Hotel in Rio de Janeiro found 4.5lb of butter, parma ham and salmon which was past its expiry date.

An inspection at the base booked by the Italian side, the Hotel Portobello, discovered 55lb of pasta, shrimp, salmon and margarine was out of date.

The Rio de Janeiro state consumer agency said the inspections are part of an effort to enforce food safety codes ahead of the tournament's start next month.

The agency said the Hotel Caesar Park where the Netherlands team will stay passed its inspection with no problems.

Inspectors at the Hotel Portobello dumped another 53lb of food because there was no visible expiry date on the labelling.

The agency also said neither hotel provided condoms for sale at cost, nor information about sexually transmitted diseases, as required by law.

Both hotels have 15 days to make official explanations to the government agency before any fines can be levied.

Press Association

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