The Top 10 Food Fraud: Be Careful Especially When Buying On The Internet
There are black sheep anytime and anywhere. Food fraud, also known as "food fraud", has existed since food was traded and money was made. Addition, substitution, manipulation and misrepresentation - these four categories can be used to classify counterfeits in food, cosmetics and food supplements. Dr. reported Helmut Tschiersky, President of the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) at the international conference of food inspectors in Berlin in mid-October 2017.
Jan Homma, inspector at the Dutch Food and Goods Authority, named the top 10 most frequently noticed foods fraudulent in Europe in recent years: olive oil is at the forefront. Since there is much more extra virgin olive oil on the market than there can actually be due to the quantities of olive harvested, it can be assumed that some of the products offered will be misrepresented.
The discovery of another type of fraud in Italian olive oil in 2016 was described by Dr. Birgit Zimmermann from the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety: As part of a routine check in the catering trade, the inspectors found a mixture of cheaper sunflower and soybean oils mixed with chlorophyll in a table bottle that had been awarded olive oil. According to papers, around 17,000 liters of it were for sale within six months. The Italian authorities detained a total of 39 people and closed seven companies as part of the cross-border investigation. The seized stocks, including 250 kilograms of chorophyll and beta-carotene and 33,000 labels, were destroyed.
The other places are followed by fish and seafood, organic food, milk and milk-based drinks, honey and maple syrup, fruit juices and berries, coffee, tea and herbal teas, wine and spirits, olives, spices and saffron. In addition, counterfeit products in the area of slimming, erectile dysfunction, food supplements and cosmetics are traded time and again, especially on the Internet.
An allegedly purely herbal effervescent tablet in the form of effervescent tablets, which was sold on Instagram, contained 20 mg of sibutramine and caused the death of a young woman. Homma therefore advises consumers to only order products from trustworthy Internet providers. Relevant seals such as TÜV, Trusted Shops or EHI-certified online shop represent such a quality feature. Ute Gomm, bzfe