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Food Fraud and Adulteration Summary May 2021

June 4 2021

Markets Cambodia, Colombia, Greece, Italy Peru, Portugal, Spain, United States of America, European Union, International Organization Knowledge for Policy (European Commission) Topic General Law and Standards Monthly summary of articles of...

Markets Cambodia, Colombia, Greece, Italy
Peru, Portugal, Spain, United States of America, European Union, International
Organization Knowledge for Policy (European Commission)
Topic General Law and Standards

Monthly summary of articles of food fraud records, as summarized by the EU Joint Research Centre: - Several recalls of honey in Greece due to adulteration, with exogenous sugars and additional pigments. - Enormous operation of Spanish authorities, supported by Europol, unveiled fraudulent activity with saffron in Spain. Saffron imported mostly from Iran was: a) mixed with floral remains, styles and stamens (illegally increasing the volume); b) treated with unsafe colorants not authorised for human consumption; and c) mislabelled as a Spanish PDO (a Geographical Indication). - Seafood and fish again on the list with several incidents in Peru, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. The criminals falsified the origin of the bivalves (mostly Japanese clams) contaminated by a high level of toxins and pathogens. Taxes were evaded as well. - Geographical Indication (GI) and traceability issues with meat in Italy and Spain. - Another major incident with devastating death casualties due to alcohol adulteration took place in Cambodia. - Saudi Arabia has implemented a new traceability system where producers of organic fruit and vegetable commodities (fruits and vegetables) have to mark their products with a dynamic QR code sticker. - Europol has released the analysis report of the operation OPSON IX: Animal food represents the most seized category, alcoholic beverages represent the first category of seized goods in terms of value.

Tags: European Union, food fraud

    

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