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Alcohol tops list of 230 million euros fake food and drink seizures in global operation

Staff Writer |
Nearly 26 million litres of fake alcohol has been seized in a joint INTERPOL-Europol operation targeting fake food and drink around the world.

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In the sixth Operation Opson, which involved police, customs, national food regulatory authorities and partners from the private sector in 61 countries, counterfeit alcohol was the most seized product, followed by meat and seafood.

Conducted between 1 December 2016 and 31 March 2017, more than 9,800 tonnes and 26.4 million litres of hazardous fake food and drink worth an estimated EUR 230 million were seized during some 50,000 checks at shops, markets, airports, seaports and industrial estates.

A key aim of the operation is to identify and disrupt the organized crime networks behind the trafficking in fake goods, and enhance cooperation between the enforcement authorities involved. A number of arrests have already been made with investigations still ongoing.

With organized crime groups often using the same networks for other types of crime, drugs and fake medicines were also recovered during the operation.

In Djibouti 150 kg of marijuana was seized and Colombian authorities dismantled a criminal network trading in falsified medicines including treatments for cancer, HIV and diabetes.

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