Fake Food and Counterfeit Liquor are on the rise.
Is it possible that you might be at risk of consuming fake food or counterfeit liquor? Yes, in fact you may have eaten or drank it already. From December 2017 to March 2017 authorities seized over 9,800 tons of fake food and 26.4 million liters of counterfeit drink. These seizures took place during 50,000 checks at shops, markets, airports, seaports and industrial estates in 61 different countries. According to Interpol it seems to be the workings of organized crime rackets.
It seems that the new victim for organized crime is your appetite.
The most seized product was counterfeit alcohol. The runners up after fake liquor are meat and sea food. You have to wonder when you are at a barbeque if this hot dog is actually a dog. When you drank a beer and said to a friend that “it taste like piss,” you may have been on to something.
Operation Opson to the rescue.
This operation led by Interpol was assisted by police, customs, food regulatory agencies from all over the world and the private sector. That powerful combination led to $264 million worth of fake food and fake drink taken off of the market place before consumers could have been harmed.
What is alarming that although Interpol and other agencies have thwarted the plan of organized crime food fraud rackets, there may be a good remaining portion on the streets. This means that you may be at risk when you have a cold one or a nice warm meal. Officials from Interpol have encouraged the public to remain vigilant as some fake food and fake drink may still be in circulation.
Furthermore, there may be new trends of fraudulent food and fake drink out there that could have been undetected during the seizures. For example, there was a discovery of counterfeit mineral water in this operation. In addition to unregulated food and fake drink, what were also recovered among what was seized were falsified medicines for cancer, HIV and diabetes. This is outrageous. Blends of different oils were passed off as natural olive oil. Fat burning pills which if consumed would have burned your life with a stroke or a heart attack was intended to be sold to anyone.
Below are the countries where activities were recorded along with their findings of fraudulent food and counterfeit liquor (not all are mentioned):
Rwanda: Fake whiskey and more.
Nigeria: Fake champagne.
Argentina: Killer fat burning pills.
Peru: Expired food, drinks, and preparation substances stored in a rat infested storage unit.
Indonesia: Fake condiments stored in an unsanitary location.
Italy: Fake wine
Russia: Substandard alcohol using faked federal stamps.
The fact that tons of phony goods equaling millions of dollars were intercepted by authorities all over the globe, a massive amount could be in circulation undetected. Moreover, with these findings of fraud world wide, the possibilities of these fake goods hopping in to your grocery bag are extremely high. It doesn’t matter whether you are in America or Africa or anywhere in between, get a taste tester. Now come on, let’s eat.
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