Even relatively small instances of food and beverage fraud can have big consequences, all the way down to retailers. A UK supermarket lost its alcohol license after several bottles of a well-known Australian wine brand turned out to be fake, which was confirmed by the wine producer. The license holder did not assist in finding the reason why the counterfeit bottles showed up at the store, blaming the incident on the employees instead.
The ninth OPSON operation, a cooperation between Europol and Interpol, included 83 countries around the world. OPSON IX targeted organized crime groups involved in food and beverage fraud. The substandard and fraudulent products potentially pose significant risk for consumers. Animal feed and alcoholic beverages made the top of the list of seized products, followed by grains, coffee and tea, and condiments. The officials also ran special campaigns to uncover fraudulent dairy products, olive oil and horsemeat.
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