Interpol: Record quantity of fake food, drink found

2016-03-30 19:07
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Paris - Police across 57 countries have seized a record quantity of hazardous fake food and drink, ranging from dyed olives to adulterated wine, Interpol said in Paris on Wednesday.

More than 10 000 tons of food and 1 million litres of drink had been found in a joint four-month Interpol-Europol operation between November 2015 and February 2016, it said in a statement.

"Fake and dangerous food and drink threaten the health and safety of people around the world, who are often unsuspectingly buying these potentially dangerous goods," Michael Ellis, the head of Interpol's Trafficking in Illicit Goods unit, was quoted as saying.

Criminal networks selling low-quality goods under fake labels were only after making a profit, "no matter what the cost to the public", he added.

Officers seized almost 9 tons of counterfeit sugar contaminated with fertiliser in Sudan, and about 70kg of chicken intestines preserved in formalin, which is prohibited as a food additive, in Indonesia.

Airport checks also revealed international travellers importing illicit products.

Customs officers at Zaventem Airport in Belgium discovered several kilograms of monkey meat, while French officials seized and destroyed 11kg of locusts and 20kg of caterpillars.

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