Forgery detected in cans of Pacific menhaden (above) declared as being of horse mackerel (below). (Photo: Stock File)
Declaration and labelling forgery detected in 37,200 cans of alleged horse mackerel
Monday, October 19, 2015, 01:50 (GMT + 9)
The National Customs Service, along with the Regional Ministerial Secretariat (SEREMI) of Health of Bio Bio and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA), detected a container of canned Pacific menhaden (Ethmidium maculatum) that had been declared and labelled as horse mackerel (Trachurus murphyi).
Aqua reported that the cargo was intended to be marketed in the region of Bio Bio and the declaration and labelling had been falsified.
The process began thanks to the joint work that enabled the Risk Analysis Unit of Customs of Talcahuano to identify and select for review a shipment coming from the port of Callao, Peru, for a Chilean food marketer.
Following the above, and pursuant to the existing coordination between the members of the Public-Private Board of Foreign Trade, the Control Food Unit of the Health SEREMI, SERNAPESCA and customs auditors reviewed the container at the port of Lirquen and found 1,550 boxes with 37,200 cans of horse mackerel. On opening the cans, it was revealed that the content was a different species, one that is called Pacific menhaden.
According to the information on the website of the National Customs Service, the auditors detected that the statement of income, reference documents, the bill of lading, invoice, labelling and quality certificates indicated that the product was horse mackerel, so that the crime of smuggling for false statement was determined.
Because of this, the goods were seized and the health authorities sent samples to a laboratory recognized by the Ministry of Health for certification. The products have a value of USD 19,042,524.
The regional director of Customs of Talcahuano, Claudio Cid, highlighted the joint work and said that beyond the rights and the fines and penalties on the importer and everyone involved, "the important thing is that we avoided a product of dubious origin from reaching the population."