CAIRO: Haram prosecution in Giza ordered the arrest and detention of a former parliamentarian and his two brothers for four days pending investigations over charges of fraudulent trading and importing rotten meat, Youm7 reported Thursday.
The three are owners of a “well known” meat company, which has not been named, which is accused of importing the tainted meat.
A manager of one of the company’s branches was also arrested over the same charges.
A police campaign seized some 1,500 cartons of expired, rotten meat at the company. The meat was imported from Brazil to be distributed to hotels and restaurants in Cairo and Giza.
During November, a total of 33 tons of rotten meat were confiscated by the Giza Directorate of Veterinary Medicine as part of major daily inspect campaigns at butcheries and meat selling shops.
Such confiscations come amid rising prices of meat, and private meat imports reduced due to Egypt pound depreciation.
On Oct. 12, two tons of rotten meat were confiscated at a famous restaurant in Haram district of Giza and the case was referred to the prosecution.
On Sept. 26, some 101 tons of rotten meat, poultry and fish were confiscated in a week during a similar campaign by Cairo Directorate of Veterinary Medicine. Approximately 192 police reports were made with the confiscated products.
Additional reporting by Ahmed el-Gaafary.