By Andra Beltz
The National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) notified the company Premium Pork Romania to the National Anticorruption Directorate in connection with suspicions of committing the crime of abuse of office, of corruption and service offenses, of committing crimes against financial interests of the EU, as well as in the fight against disease.
The approach was made following epidemiological controls carried out at a unit of Premium Porc SRL Golesti, Vrancea County. The institution requires both the investigation of the facts and the identification of those involved, including civil servants, employees of ANSVSA or county health departments. Earlier, a notification was filed with the General Directorate of Fiscal Antifraud regarding "abuses and illegalities" committed at the pig farm in Goleşti. The complaint referred to the illegal collection of compensations and subsidies from the state budget.
ANSVSA notified DNA at the end of January in order to investigate and identify the persons - including civil servants employed by ANSVSA and the county DSVSA - for whom there is a suspicion of committing the crime of abuse of office, corruption and service, as well as against the financial interests of the EU and the fight against disease. false and use of false.
The Authority's approach is the consequence of an address of the General Directorate for Animal Health and Welfare - Disease Monitoring and Notification Service within ANSVSA, according to which. Following an epidemiological investigation at Premium Porc SRL - Goleşti, Vrancea County, aspects that could be of a criminal nature were identified.
On January 4, Premium Porc SRL announced an outbreak of African swine fever detected at its farm in Vrancea.
"The virus was confirmed following the samples taken by veterinarians and sent for analysis to the National Reference Laboratory for Classical Swine Fever and African Swine Fever, on January 2, 2021. In order to keep this case isolated, the immediate measures of control and protection, in accordance with the legislation in force, have included the introduction of the farm in quarantine and will continue with the process of slaughter and neutralization of the approximately 30,000 heads of animals. This process will be followed by the sanitation and disinfection of the farm. The company is in permanent contact with all the competent authorities and will respect all the decisions that are required in such cases ", according to a communiqué posted on the company's website.
On January 22, in another statement, the company announced an outbreak of African swine fever identified on a farm in Sibiu County.
"An outbreak of African swine fever has been identified at the Venturelli farm in Sibiu County. The virus was confirmed following the samples taken by veterinarians and sent for analysis to the National Reference Laboratory for Classical Swine Fever and African Swine Fever, on January 20, 2021. According to the legislation in force, the farm was immediately quarantined and will the process of slaughtering and neutralizing the approximately 29,000 animals begins. This process will be followed by sanitation and disinfection of the farm ", the company states.
Premium Pork Group is the second largest pork producer in the local market, after the giant Smithfield Foods. DCH International Group, the founder of Premium Porc Group in Romania, had in 2019 a turnover of over 91 million euros, with a profit rate before interest and taxes (EBIT) of 23%, according to Profit.ro. The DCH Group, established in 2006, includes ten companies with vertically integrated activity in agribusiness, covering cereal production, feed production and pig breeding, in 9 own farms located in the counties of Brăila, Braşov, Constanţa, Olt, Sibiu and Vrancea. The company currently has over 475 employees in Romania.