The Food and Economic Security Authority (ASAE) have shut down two illegal animal slaughter sites, one in Silves in the Algarve and the other in Batalha in central Portugal.
The roasting of the animals and sales took place on site, with any remaining animals sent for consumption in restaurants during the festive season, “without their being subject to any health inspection to screen for any diseases.”
Three people have been arrested for illegal slaughter, which constitutes a crime against public health, and authorities seized 47 piglets, a kid and a lamb, as well as metal utensils and supplies used for packaging and transporting the roasted piglets, “disguising its origin and misleading the consumer”.
In total, the value of the seizures was estimated at around 4,350 euros.
The ASAE ordered the total suspension of activities “unlicensed and without minimum conditions” for their operation.