Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
CAGLIARI

Multi-million-euro organic food fraud busted in Italy

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Cagliari, July 19 - Police arrested 16 people
throughout Italy last month in a multi-million-euro fraud in
which more than 100,000 tons of non-organic grain products
allegedly were sold as organic, Sardinian authorities said on
Friday.
Investigators in operation "Bio Bluff" say they uncovered a
massive, Sardinian-based scheme that obtained falsified
certifications and false tax documents for organic suppliers,
permitting the operators to sell products at the far higher
price that organic products command.
Probes into the Sardinian companies Kapo Terra Kommerciale
S.r.l and Societa' Agricola Biostore S.s. revealed invoices
covering more than 100,000 tons of grain products.
Investigators also claim to have discovered tax evasion
adding up to more than 55 million euros.
The scheme had a pyramid structure, investigators say, with
sham companies owned by a Sardinian parent company that were set
up in the regions of Sardinia, Marche, Emilia-Romagna, Puglia
and Veneto - ostensibly intermediaries for grain products made
from organic cultivation.

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