Theatre or threat? Food safety concerns at Brazil’s Olympic stadium

Authorities have seized more than 45 kg of expired food during a raid of the Maracana Stadium, the showpiece venue for next year’s Olympics.

maracanaAgents from local consumer protection watchdog Procon found the products during Sunday’s football derby between Fluminense and Botafogo, Procon said in a statement on Monday. Among the items confiscated were sausages, eggs, pork, chocolate and cheese, reports Xinhua.

The Maracana Stadium hosted last year’s FIFA World Cup final between Germany and Argentina after undergoing a three-year, $500 million upgrade. The venue will also stage the opening and closing ceremonies, and football matches, at next year’s Olympics.