Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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The Sun Does Not Shine on This Food Staple

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

A large amount of counterfeited rice has been detected in several countries.

Rice fraud, Australia
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Organized crime in Eastern Europe has targeted a well-known top-level brand in Australia, shipping counterfeit rice to countries around the world under their brand. Rice grown and processed under uncontrolled conditions can bode a risk to human health due to unsanitary processing conditions and contamination from heavy metals. The affected company has initiated thorough investigations into this matter and indeed seized some counterfeit product in Saudi Arabia.


  1. Taylor, P. (July 7, 2021). “Criminal gang counterfeits Aussie rice brand SunRice”. Securing Industry.

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