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On March 24 the 3rd inspection was held in the Mercado dos Lavradores (Farmers’ Market), which was directed by the Municipality of Funchal, involving several entities, namely Municipal Supervision, Market Surveillance, Public Security Police, National Republican Guard , Regional Inspection of Economic Activities and Regional Directorate for Fisheries.

As a result of the operation, all the stands, stores and spaces of the Market (including Praça do Peixe) were inspected, and 29 municipal infractions were detected by the municipal services, for lack of identification card of the stall holders and workers, also undue occupation of the space.

On the part of the Regional Directorate of Fisheries, priority was given to verifying the minimum reference sizes for fish, the evaluation of consumer information and common marketing standards. The operation resulted in the seizure of approximately 50 kg of fish.

As for the GNR, two cases of infraction were registered for infraction to Decree-Law no. 81/2005 of 20 April (Escape to the Lota). 50.9 kg of fish were seized, with a presumed value of 180 euros, and the seized fish was delivered to the Homeless Support Centre of Funchal.

On the part of the Regional Authority for Economic Activities (ARAE) two infringements were detected: one for foodstuffs lacking requirements and the other an infringement of the Labelling Law (Reg. EC No. 1169/2011), because of allergies.

Three samples were collected for laboratory verification of pesticide residues (on the following vegetables: potatoes, onions and carrots, 10 units of each of which were collected for laboratory analysis).

190,35 kg of candied fruits and nuts were seized, with a commercial value of 7,721.57 euros, which were considered unsafe by the expert, and were removed as a precautionary measure to safeguard public health.

No mention of the rip off pricing they seem to persist with, which really needs more attention by the authorities.

As I have said on my blog before and on my website it’s well worth a look at the market, but if we all just look and don’t spend then maybe something will change.  There are some stall holders with fair pricing, but I believe these should be reporting the ones that are taking advantage of tourists, and making it a better place for all.