Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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I Say Tomato, You Say Fraudulent Tomato

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

County of origin fraud involving large amounts of tomato products has been uncovered.

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Country of origin food fraud is not uncommon. In this latest case, involving a well-known Italian company, tomato products from outside of Europe were sold as 100% Italian, leading to the confiscation of 4000 tons of products. Country of Origin laws are taken very seriously in Italy and the EU, as can be seen in the EU Regulation 775/2018 Country of Origin labeling law, also known as COOL.


  1. Branthôme, F.X. (May 3, 2021). “Italy: Petti company operations under investigation”. Tomato News.

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