Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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The Family Business Of Food Fraud

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

A conference about organized crime’s impact on the food supply was held in Berlin.

Organized Crime, food fraud
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Organized crime is heavily involved in farming and agriculture, while generating a yearly revenue of $28 billion in Italy alone. Besides the exploitation of farm workers, protection rackets and subsidy fraud, significant profits are made from fraudulent products, such as mislabeled or tampered olive oil, buffalo mozzarella and parma ham. Consumer and worker organizations are calling for more transparent supply chains and traceability of agricultural products, because these are growing and ongoing problems.


  1. Hanschke, K. (October 18, 2021). “Wie sich die Mafia im Lebensmittelhandel bereichert”. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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