Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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Is Justice Being Served for Food Fraud?

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

Criminal food adulteration is still an underestimated, yet growing issue in Europe.

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Organized crime in Europe has found a new money making machine by engaging in food fraud, which often goes undetected and is relatively low risk compared to other criminal activities. Opson, an Europol-Interpol joint operation, confiscated 16,000 tons of fake food items and 33 million liters of fraudulent beverages in 2018, a new record, but also probably just the tip of the iceberg. Government agencies do not have the resources to detect all fraudulent activities, and suspected food fraud cases moving through the federal and local government hierarchies is a long and cumbersome process.


Simon Bock (July 8, 2019). “Die erschreckende Machtlosigkeit der Lebensmittel-Waechter”. Wirtschaftswoche. Retrieved from


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