Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy seized 850 mln euros' worth of fraudulent food in 2011

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Rome, November 5 - Italian authorities seized over
24 million kg of tainted or fake products worth 850 million
euros over the course of more than a million food inspections in
2011, a food security study released on Monday found.
The staggering figures confirm the importance of the food
business to organized criminals in Italy, according to the
organizations that conducted the studies - the Italian consumer
group Citizen Defense Movement (MDC) and the Italian
environmental organization Legambiente.
They also demonstrate massive investment and attention to
food security enforcement by a complex network of Italian
security agencies - customs, health protection Carabinieri
(NAS), agriculture and food policy Carabinieri, the port
authorities, the forestry police, the central inspectorate for
the protection of quality and fraud suppression, and the health
ministry.
"Italy has one of the very best systems for protecting food
security," declared MDC president Antonio Longo.
But the MDC and Legambiente also called for the creation of
a one-stop "window" for consumers to report suspected food fraud
when they presented the study - called "Italy to the table 2012"
- to the Italian ministry of economic development on Monday.
"Greater safety could be obtained by the application of
stricter norms for the labeling and tracing of food products,
and especially specifying timing for judicial proceedings
regarding food fraud. conducting analyses quickly, in fact,
would permit the effective supervision of the food chain and to
get back to the phase of damage before adulterated products are
distributed," added Legambiente President Vittorio Cogliati.
Monday marked the ninth year the organizations have
conducted the study and presented it to the Italian government.

photo: bogus organic eggs

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