The Civil Guard and the Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils sign an action protocol for the prevention and fight against fraud
This collaboration has been signed by the General Director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez and the President of the Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils (CECRV), David Palacios
With this Operational Collaboration Procedure, the general bases of cooperation between the CECRV and the Civil Guard are established to strengthen institutional relations in the field of protection of wine products.
The General Director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez and the President of the Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils (CECRV), David Palacios, have signed today a general protocol of action to promote the prevention and fight against fraud in this sector, in defense of appellations of origin and of winegrowers, wineries and consumers.
The Civil Guard is assigned the generic missions of “protection of the free exercise of rights and freedoms, guaranteeing citizen security”, and “investigation of the crime and discovery and assurance of the offender”, and within these powers are the fight against conduct related to falsification, adulteration, sale, labeling, trade or illegal distribution of food products, which are foreseen and sanctioned in Spain both in the administrative and criminal fields.
Joint actions to develop
Actions of the Civil Guard against illegal commercialization
- Op. Isolu: 17 people arrested / investigated as alleged perpetrators of crimes against market consumers, criminal organization, accounting and documentary falsification, money laundering and fraud for introducing a total of raw materials or semi-finished products into the Spanish wine market by deceit of 40,746,855 kg of isoglucose passing it through concentrated or rectified grape must and 39,755,335 absolute liters of alcohol passing it through wine brandy.
- Op. Chardonnay: 1 person investigated and immobilized 21,825 bottles from a hospitality establishment in which bottles of wine of the Chardonnay and Tempranillo varieties were offered to diners with an indication of origin from two municipalities included in the D.O.P. Somontano without being the marketing company integrated in said PDO, nor being registered in the Industrial Sanitary Registry, not providing documentation on the origin, traceability of the wine, labeling and bottling of the same.
- Op. Baco2019: 10 people arrested / investigated for irregularities detected in the sale of bottles of wine with the Bierzo denomination of Origin
- Op. Fictor: 1 arrested for irregularities in the labeling of bottles marketed by a winery under the Rueda Denomination of Origin.