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Expired food found at some World Cup team hotels

Hotel which will host the England national football team during the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 7, 2014.
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Hotel which will host the England national football team during the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 7, 2014.

A Brazilian consumer defense agency says it's found past-expiration food in the hotels where national soccer teams from Italy and England will stay during the World Cup.

The Rio de Janeiro state agency says on its website that the inspections are part of an effort to enforce food safety codes ahead of next month's tournament.

Italy will be based at the Hotel Portobello. Inspectors there discovered 55 pounds of pasta, shrimp, salmon and margarine kept past their expiration dates.

England will stay at the Royal Tulip Hotel. A search there turned up 4.5 pounds of butter, parma ham and salmon too old for consumption.

The agency says that the Hotel Caesar Park, where Holland's team will stay, passed its inspection with no problems.

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—By The Associated Press