Health and safety officials in Brazil have raided the team hotels of England and Italy, confiscating large amounts of food.
Foods such fish, butter, ham and several others were all past their sell-by-dates and have been seized in the raids conducted ahead of next month’s World Cup.
More than 50 kilograms of food deemed unfit for consumption was taken from the Portobello Hotel where Italy will be staying and another 2kg has been removed from England's, Hotel Royal Tulip.
As part of a wider campaign by the 'State Secretariat for the Defense and Protection of Consumers', officials visited 13 restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, shops and hotels, and notified eight of them for irregularities.
A statement released by the Secretarit said, 'In total, 218kg of food unfit for consumption was discarded’.
The Portobello Hotel in Mangaratiba, home to Italy’s World Cup stars, was subject of one of the biggest raids on Monday where officials discovered 25kg of seafood and margarine past their sell by date, and another 24kg of meat, sauces, cheese and sugar that had no visible sell-by date.
Officials also removed 2.6kg of salmon, parma ham and butter after visiting the Hotel Royal Tulip - England's home for the tournament.
Both hotels have also been warned after not providing condoms to guests, as required under Brazilian law.
The tournament is being held in Brazil for the first time since 1950 and the build up to the tournament is being overshadowed by safety fears ahead of the tournament opener on 12th June.
With all 32 teams based in Brazil, many of them, including England, will bring their own food and their own cooks.
Tim De'Ath, who has worked in the kitchens of Hollywood stars and at West Ham United, is England's head chef for the tournament.
The concerns, however, have gone beyond nutritional qualms with many worried about the level of crime and violence in Rio’s gang-ridden shanty towns, or favelas, the largest of which, Rocinha, is near England’s hotel.
Many questions have been raised over the FA’s decision to base themselves in central Rio.
The ageing Royal Tulip, England’s hotel, is rated by travel website TripAdvisor as only the 93rd best in the city.
Only one other team – Holland, who will train much closer to their hotel – are based in the city, while Germany have built their own private beach resort to stay in.
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