Food fraud scandals continue to erupt in Europe

Oils and oils have been the most debated category in 2020 as European countries try to tackle food fraud.

The European Agri-Food Fraud Network (FFN) is managed by the European Commission’s Directorate General of Health and Food Safety (DJ Sante).

The annual report does not measure the number of agri-food fraud incidents in the EU or cover national activities.

FFN members share information in the AAC-FF, an administrative support and cooperation system administered by the European Commission. The number of cases created per year doubled, from 157 to 349 in 2016. This is a 20 percent increase in 2019, the main categories being fats and oils, fish and meat products, and disobedience to exercise. Pets Animals.

This is not to say that fraud has increased because all cases of EU law have not been established. The report does not say how many investigations have been resolved. The system is only used to exchange information on cross-border issues.

By 2020, one-fifth of notifications will apply to live animals or products other than food or feed. The most well-known category is cat and dog suspicious activity, and the second is horse meat and horse passports. These exchanges are linked to OPSON IX and its efforts to combat the sale of horse meat in Europe.

German supremacy
Starting in 2018, Germany created the largest number of inquiries, calling on other countries to investigate what could not be implemented. According to In 2019, Belgium and France followed. The UK can create notifications in the AAC-FF system at the end of the year. Compared to Germany’s 84 posts, Austria, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Greece, Croatia, and Romania all have less than 10 posts.

A.D. By 2020, according to Oils and Oils, most of the olive oil will be exported. It was the highest-grossing product category in 2020. Member States must conduct annual inspections to ensure compliance with olive oil marketing standards.

Fish and fish products remained second. Most cases are related to the suspicion of illegal tanning with the addition of tuna and carbon monoxide or unknown water. Poultry products are fourth, followed by honey and royal jelly and meat products.

There were additional notices for supplements, primarily related to their online sales of COVID-19 prevention and treatment. The European Union (EU), which includes 19 countries, began in April 2020.

It has reported 646 food products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19. Italy made a lot of announcements. For the 88, their cross-border measurement passed through the AAC or the Food and Nutrition Warning System because it posed a health risk in three cases. More than 100 cases have been pending since July. Some fines and restrictions have been imposed but in most cases the health claim or provision has been changed or removed.

As in previous years, the most widely reported category was 2020. For example, when extra virgin olive oil is presented as an extra virgin.

The second major type of non-compliance was documents, including forgery. Next was substitution and exhaustion, which was the mixing or substitution of a high-value substance with one of the lowest values. Then came unconfirmed treatment, which included treatment with tuna.

Co-ordinated activities focused on horse passport fraud, illegal trade in bivalve molluscs, contamination of plants and spices, and unauthorized use of ethylene oxide.

Product origin
A.D. Out of 349 AAC-FF requests in 2020, 98 non-EU products, 199 from the EU and 52 originated. Following allegations of fraud, the European Commission sent about 100 inquiries in non-EU countries, requesting additional information, remedial action, or investigations into organizations.

A.D. In 2019, out of 292 applications, 81 non-EU products were mainly from China and Turkey, but one from the United States. Most of the 189 EU goods are imported from Spain and Italy.

The cases investigated by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) last year included illegal pork, illegal fish trade (CITES) species and counterfeit alcohol, especially spirits, from countries without pork certificates.

A.D. In 2018, an epidemic of food poisoning in Spain led to an investigation into the illegal trade of bevel mollusks. The outbreak was caused by suspected contaminated clusters gathered in unauthorized areas. Investigations were a wide-ranging issue involving operators using similar metaphors in other EU countries.

Since mid-2018, 39 non-compliant notifications have been sent to the Aval system, mainly in Spain and Portugal. The move resulted in the seizure of about 40 tons of clutches. Eleven companies were searched and 43 people arrested.

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