Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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How To Catch A Thief (or Food Fraudster)

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

Operation OPSON VIII report has been released by Interpol and Europol.

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A substantial number of countries and private partners around the world participate in OPSON, a concerted effort of Europol and Interpol, established in 2011. OPSON operations protect public health and fight organized crime groups who are involved in the production and distribution of fraudulent food and beverages. More than 3,000 cases were detected, with alcohol, grains and condiments leading the statistics, at a total value of $130 million worth of products seized. Seventy-eight organized crime groups were uncovered, and more than 3,000 people arrested. Many of these subpar food and beverage products were a danger to health and life of humans and animals.


  1. Interpol and Europol. (March 12, 2020). “Operation OPSON VIII Analysis Report, Public Version”.

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