Thursday, October 28

The Xunta opens an investigation against MasterChef to clarify the use of illegal seafood in its recipes

The passage of the MasterChef caravan through the city of A Coruña drags behind it a list of controversies, including an inspection by the Xunta de Galicia for the alleged use of illegal seafood during the preparation of the recipes that are televised at prime time on TVE. The Galician Government has taken note of the images in which you can see how one of the contestants, the sports journalist Juanma Castaño, holds two specimens of female lobster in the breeding phase and with roe. The fishing and marketing of this product in the breeding phase is prohibited according to the regulations of the Galician Government.

Double controversy after the passage of MasterChef through A Coruña: illegal seafood in recipes and mockery about the Galician accent

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After the publication by of the images, the Xunta has decided to open an investigation with its focus on the direction of the program. “The Xunta has already initiated the pertinent steps to clarify what happened and take the appropriate measures in accordance with the results obtained,” a person in charge of the Consellería do Mar assures this newsroom.

The voice of alarm about the possibility that the program was using species whose commercialization is illegal was given by the fisherman and tweeter Rogelio Santos through social networks, as reported in this piece last Wednesday. The MasterChef program boasts in its broadcasts of promoting the local product of the areas it visits for its outdoor trials. In the case of the recording that featured the city of A Coruña, the contestants visited the municipal market in Plaza de Lugo in the Herculean city to obtain the merchandise with which they later cooked the dishes. According to sources in the fishing sector, there are two possibilities: either that the shellfish used was illegal or that it came from Ireland, a country that distributes blue lobster without discriminating whether or not the females that reach the market are in the breeding phase. Sources from the producer, consulted by Vertele, assure that the recipes were made with local produce. The production of the program has the company El Corte Inglés as the main supplier of products, apart from those that its contestants obtain on the ground during the recording of outdoor programs.

After the images published by this newsroom, the Xunta reminds the program that it “disapproves” of any act contrary to the sustainability of marine resources and that is “misleading” for consumers. In other words, badly if the use of local produce has been falsely simulated and worse if illegal seafood has been cooked, the product of poaching or disregard for the law that aims to preserve marine resources.

A government spokesman chaired by Alberto Núñez Feijóo recalls, in communication with this newspaper, that “the regional regulations establish the prohibition of keeping on board, transporting or marketing ovate female crustaceans, regardless of their size.”

Apologies and dialect

Apart from the above, the passage of MasterChef Celebrity through Galicia has led to another conflict, after the jokes in which the presenters of the program imitated the Galician accent and made jokes about one of them claiming to be “percebeiro” and a native of O Porriño , a town in the province of Pontevedra that does not even have access to the sea. Regarding this second controversy, the Pola Linguistic Normalization Table has started a campaign to ask citizens to turn off public television as a protest.

In response to this question, one of the program’s hosts, Jordi Cruz, has tried to apologize with little success. During a live broadcast through Instagram, Cruz assured: “The intention of the show is never to mess with any kind of dialect or zone“His movement has made things worse since his reference to Galician as a” dialect “contradicts the character of a co-official language that Galician has within the Spanish State.

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