Between January and July 2013, authorities in Ireland seized 840 liters of counterfeit alcohol across the country. Officials state that most of the organized crime groups involved in the production of counterfeit alcohol also are invovled in cigarette smuggling. Source: “‘Unscrupulous pub owners’ selling dangerous counterfeit alcohol,” Journal, August 6, 2013.
In the first six months of 2013, authorities in Yemen seized and destroyed over 57 tons of counterfeit and expired foods, counterfeit cosmetics and counterfeit drugs. 581 cases of counterfeiting have been identified by law enforcement, with 522 cases being sent to the Prosecutors office. Amongst the actions taken by officials were seizing 50,000 packs… Continue reading Seizures of Fake Foods and Counterfeit Goods in Yemen
European Union police agency Europol reported that 28.6 percent of all counterfeit goods seized in 2011 consisted of counterfeit foods and counterfeit drugs. The portion of fake foods and medicines seized in 2011 was up from 14.5 percent in 2010. Source: Financial Times, “Crime Gangs Look to Clean Up as Europe’s Black Market Balloons,” CNBC,… Continue reading Fake Foods and Medicines Seized in the EU
Illegal honey factories in Bosnia and Herzegovina produce up to 1,000 tonnes of fake honey each year. The counterfeiters sell the counterfeit honey to producers for $6.50 (€5) per kilogram, according to the president of the Beekeepers Association. Genuine honey costs up between $9.82 to $13 (€7.5 to €10) per kilo. Worldwide, counterfeit foods creates… Continue reading Counterfeit Honey Sales in Bosnia and Herzegovina
During a three month period in 2013, Chinese police arrested 904 people for “meat-related offenses . The individuals were arrested for passing of counterfeit meats as legitimate meat. One gang that was arrested make over $1 Million selling rat, fox and mink meat as mutton. Between January and May 2013, authorities in China seized 20,000 tonnes of illegal and… Continue reading Fake Meat Arrests in China
A study by Oceana sampled over 1,200 various types of fish samples in nearly 700 retail outlets in the United States. The study found that one-third of the fish samples were mislabeled. Source: Reuters, “Interpol targets illegal fishing, seafood fraud,” swissinfo, February 26, 2013.
In 2010, up to $1.4 Billion (1.1 Billion Euros) worth of counterfeit foods were sold in Italy, according to a think-tank based in the country. Counterfeited items included fake Parmesan cheese and spaghetti.
The study analyzed its product database of counterfeit items, and found that 16 percent of counterfeit foods involved olive oil, 14 percent involved watered down milk, 7 percent was counterfeit honey, and 2 to 4 percent of the counterfeit items were fruit juices.
Due to the role of organized crime in food production in Italy, a report has found that 80 percent of the olive oil produced in Italy and stamped with a “Made in Italy” logo was made with cheaper, lower quality oils from other countries.
Over the course of a one week joint operation conducted by Interpol-Europol, authorities seized the following substandard and counterfeit food items: Over 13,000 bottles of substandard olive oil Around 77,000 kilograms of counterfeit cheese 5 tons of substandard fish and seafood Over 12,000 bottles of substandard wine 30 tons of counterfeit tomato sauce Nearly 30,000… Continue reading Amount of Food seizures across Europe in a Typical Week