According to research conducted by Food Safety News, up to 75 percent of honey sold in stores are not really honey. The counterfeit bottles are sold without pollen.
Roughly 3,000 tons of counterfeit Emmentaler cheese is produced each year that is not made in Switzerland. The counterfeit trade in the cheese makes up to 10 percent of the legitimate market.
30 percent of the estimated 8,700 seed companies operating in China, or 2,610 companies, are believed to be invovled in producing and selling counterfeit seeds to farmers.
75 percent of all mineral water sold in Russia had fake labels on the bottles in 2004.
Counterfeit foods around the world creates a $49 Billion a year industry, according to the World Customs Institute.
According to a report by KPMG, the following are losses due to counterfeit goods in the United Arab Emirates.
The European Union released its 2008 Counterfeit Goods Seizures numbers. In all, 178 million counterfeit items were seized by Custom authorities in 2008, up from 79 million in 2007. 44 percent of all products seized were pirated CDs and DVDs. 23 percent were counterfeit cigarettes. 10 percent were counterfeit clothing. 54 percent of all counterfeit goods seized originated from China. However, a majority of the fake food and drinks seized came from Indonesia, and most fake medicines came from India.
Counterfeit foods and fraudulent labels in the United Kingdom is estimated to be a $9 Billion (7 Billion British Pounds) market annually. 10 percent of the entire food market in the UK is estimated to be counterfeits.
According to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the most popular counterfeit food products in the world were kiwis, preserved vegetables, powdered milk, butter, ghee, baby food, instant coffee, alcoholic drinks and corn seeds.
According to an official with the Food and Drug Administration, olive oil is one of the most counterfeited food product in the United States.