22 tons of expired salted fish seized ahead of Sham el-Nessim spring festival
Salted fish - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Supply Police have launched several crackdowns to prevent selling all types of expired salty fish ahead of Sham el-Nessim (translating to “smell the breeze”) feast, during which the traditional fish meal is central for millions of Egyptians.

In Delta’s Beheira, some 22 tons of Ringa (salt curred herring) that are reportedly invalid for human consumption were seized, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Over the past weeks, the crackdowns were applied in coordination between supply, health and veterinary departments on food factories across the governorate to confiscate the expired food before reaching markets.

Seizures of hundreds of kilograms of incorrectly prepared fermented fish known as “Fesikh” usually resurface prior to the spring festival, which has been celebrated since ancient times in Egypt.
A full meal consists of salted fish paired with raw onions, lettuce, and bread.

The national holiday is celebrated on the Monday after Easter; it falls this year on May 2.

The Ministry of Health has repeatedly warned of the “unsafe” preparation of the smelly dish, which is an indispensable tradition during spring celebrations, due to risks of botulism, which can be fatal or cause paralysis

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