Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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You Don’t Want Your Bread Buttered on Both Sides

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

A fraud scheme involving margarine sold as butter in Albania.

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Albania’s National Food Authority NFA discovered food fraud where Ukrainian vegetable fat labeled as margarine was sold as butter and buttermilk, in some cases claiming German origin. The NFA imposed fines and confiscated the fraudulent product. Since the importer did not sufficiently check the trade documents, they are seen as part of the fraud operation. The Albanian government will also increase punishment for those involved in food fraud in the future.


  1. “Margarine Sold as Butter, NFA Unveils Fraud Scheme” (May 31, 2019). Albanian Daily News. Retrieved from

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