In Febraury 2014, Interpol and Europol reported on global raids conducted against producers and sellers of counterfeit foods.
In total, over 1,200 tonnes of counterfeit and substandard food and nearly 430,000 liters of counterfeit beverages were seized across 33 countries. 96 people were arrested by various criminal justice programs during the investigation.
Highlights of the campaign against counterfeit foods:
- Across Europe, over 131,000 liters of fake oil and vinegar , 80,000 counterfeit biscuits and chocolate bars, 20 tonnes of fake spices and condiments, and 45 tonnes of substandard dairy products were seized by Europol.
- In Italy, 60,000 bottles and labels of fake champagne was seized.
- Police in Thailand found over 270 bottles of fake whiskey.
- $17.2 Million worth of counterfeit foods and drinks were seized in Colombia.
Source: “Global police swoop seizes millions in fake food, drink,” Channel NewsAsia, February 14, 2014.