And it’s not just food. In the UK, nearly 10,000 litres of fake or adulterated alcohol including wine, whisky and vodka were found by officers. Counterfeit alcohol has continued to be sold to pubs. In May, Ranjit Singh, of Wallsend, Tyneside, was found guilty of supplying more than 300 bottles of fake vodka – which included the same ingredients as screen wash – to a local bar.
“Today’s rising food prices and the global nature of the food chain offer the opportunity for criminals to sell counterfeit and substandard food in a multi-billion criminal industry which can pose serious potential health risks to unsuspecting customers,” said Chris Vansteenkiste, Cluster Manager of the Intellectual Property Crime Team at Europol.
He added: “The complexity and scale of this fraud means cooperation needs to happen across borders with a multi-agency approach.”US government looking to clamp down on counterfeit olive oil,