Italy dominates JRC fraud summary

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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Italy featured in four of six articles highlighted in a monthly report on food fraud and authenticity by the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

The round-up​ had fake olive oil being found in Portugal, incorrect labelling of honey, jam and olive oil in Italy, violation of labelling rules on fish and untraceable eggs seized near Verona.

It reflects media coverage and not the frequency of fraud in a country and/or concerning a product.

A total of 6,000 litres of fake olive oil for a value of €30,000 was seized at an importing and packaging company from northern Portugal.

An operation called "Sapori d'autunno" (“Autumn flavours​") in Bologna focussed on seasonal products like mushrooms, truffles, spices and game meat. Several labelling irregularities were discovered and products amounting to €300,000 were seized.

Italian authorities found a Chinese importer guilty of violating labelling rules on 20 tons of Asian fish that were misdeclared as Mediterranean.

About eight million eggs, bearing no traceability labelling, were seized near Verona. The eggs were in bad hygienic conditions.

The monthly round-up was launched to inform stakeholders and give them the opportunity to counter issues.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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