Discovery of 23 tonnes of frozen hake infested with parasites

In Romania in early May, over 23 tonnes of frozen hake were identified as being infested with Anisakis worm larvae. The shipment concerned came from Spain, and so far four of the 23 tonnes have been recovered.

Steps are being taken to pinpoint and recall the infected products and this is being done in line with procedures — being monitored by inspectors from the DSVSA (Veterinary Health and Food Safety Directorate) who are responding to the alert. Nevertheless, only four tonnes have been recovered to date, meaning that there is a growing risk that the population will be affected by this parasite.

What prevention tools does the Commission have at its disposal to avert incidents such as this which endanger public health?