GERMANY, Berlin. Europol and Interpol are keeping up their fight against food fraud.
Since 2011 the so-called operation OPSON takes place on a yearly basis in cooperation with customs, police and national food regulatory bodies. The number of participating states increased from 10 to 67 within seven years (2011-2018).
Again, the report is shocking. In the most recent OPSON VII, more than 41,000 inspections uncovered 3,630 t and 9,7 mill. l of foodstuffs either fraudulent or unfit for consumption. Rotten meat being sold to consumers, fake baby milk powder, substitution of tuna with cheaper species and also illicit addition of chemical substances to adjust the color are only a few examples of the ideas fraudsters put into practice.
Still, it has to be kept in mind that many food companies that respectable may also be defrauded by criminals. The Tentamus Group of laboratories combined their capabilities and formed the Tentamus Center for Food Fraud (TCF2) in order to offer a wide range of analytical services to safeguard clients against food fraud.
If something looks too good to be true, it usually is not true. Whenever a price for a product is much lower than a comparable product of another provider, then there is a good chance that something is wrong. This “rule of thumb” applies to the shopper in the supermarket as well as to the procurement manager of large retailers. Unfortunately, there is not much more consumers can do.
Tentamus Group GmbH was founded in 2011. It is a global product and safety group with a core presence in Europe, UK, Israel, China and the USA. Accredited and licensed Tentamus Group tests, audits and consults on all products involving the human body (food & feed, pharmaceuticals & medical, agrochemicals, cosmetics, agriculture & environment and nutraceutical & supplements). The group is represented in over 35 locations worldwide. More than 1,600 highly-trained staff members work in over 1 mill. square feet of laboratory and office spaces.