Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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The Cherry on Top (But It’s Fraudulent)

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

Counterfeit expensive premium cherries are seized in Hong Kong.

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China and Hong Kong are big markets for expensive high-end cherries from Tasmania in Australia, usually selling for $12–$3 per pound ($26–$39/kg), and especially popular during the Chinese New Year celebrations. It is estimated that fake fruit outsells the real Tasmanian cherries five-fold, in spite of tracking with specific serial numbers on the genuine cherries’ packaging. In the most recent fraud case, an arrest was made and the seized cherries are under investigation.


  1. Taylor, P. (February 6, 2021). “Counterfeit Tasmanian cherries seized in Hong Kong”. Securing Industry.

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