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Checks rooting out dodgy beach canteens

Prefectural officials in Athens said yesterday that they had referred 25 cases to prosecutors after conducting health and hygiene checks on canteens, restaurants and cafes in seaside areas around Attica. A snack bar in Alimos, southern Athens, was among those found to be breaking the law as inspectors found expired meat on the premises and employees whose health books were not in order. Another snack bar in the area was deemed not to have met hygiene standards. Officials also confiscated almost 33 tons of shrimps imported from Papua New Guinea and Australia because they were deemed unfit for human consumption. The shrimps were seized at two import companies in Athens. Inspectors also seized 540 kilos of feta cheese from a wholesaler because it was not being stored properly. The case has been referred to a prosecutor.