In 2012, government security services in Italy seized 28,000 tons of counterfeit food labels or adulterated products that was falsely labeled during the year. The counterfeit foods seized were worth $684 Million (€500 Million).
47 percent of the counterfeit labels involved Italian wine products.
4.6 tons of fake foods involved canned tomatoes, which were falsely labeled as organic or being produced in Italy.
Source: “Food pirates peddling fake olive oil, Chinese tomato sauce,” Ansa, December 5, 2013.
It was previously reported that up to 42,000 people were dying in Russia each year due to consuming counterfeit alcohol and other illegally made alcohol.
After increase monitoring and enforcement by Russian security services, the number of deaths dropped to around 12,000 in 2010.
In an example of the smuggling, one man stopped in 2013 had 800 bottles of counterfeit vodka and 220 bottles of counterfeit cognac in his truck.
Source: “Russian Tells Cops Huge Moonshine Trove For Personal Use,” RIA Novosti, November 7, 2013.
Wine industry experts estimate that up to 20 percent of all wine bottles sold worldwide are counterfeits. Previously, it was reported back in 2010 that 5 percent of wine bottles sold were fake.
In court documents rleased in the United Kingdom, it was reported that wine connoissuers in Britain paid up to $11,148 (£7,000) for fake bottles of vintage French wine.
Source: Henry Samuel, “Fifth of wine sold worldwide is ‘fake’,” Telegraph, November 1, 2013.
In the first 7 months of 2013, police in China conducted over 19,000 anti-counterfeiting cases throughout the country. The Ministry of Public Security reported that the counterfeit products seized and destroyed by security forces included:
Source: “China police crack down on counterfeit goods,” Channel News Asia, August 10, 2013.
Between January and July 2013, authorities in Ireland seized 840 liters of counterfeit alcohol across the country.
Officials state that most of the organized crime groups involved in the production of counterfeit alcohol also are invovled in cigarette smuggling.
Source: “‘Unscrupulous pub owners’ selling dangerous counterfeit alcohol,” Journal, August 6, 2013.
In the first six months of 2013, authorities in Yemen seized and destroyed over 57 tons of counterfeit and expired foods, counterfeit cosmetics and counterfeit drugs. 581 cases of counterfeiting have been identified by law enforcement, with 522 cases being sent to the Prosecutors office.
Amongst the actions taken by officials were seizing 50,000 packs of chewing gum and shutting down 8 ice cream factories that were shut down due to lack safety standards and substandard ingredients.
In 2012, over 80 tons of counterfeit goods was seized and destroyed in Yemen.
Source: Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki, “Over 57 tons of expired, counterfeit goods destroyed,” Yemen Times, July 8, 2013.
European Union police agency Europol reported that 28.6 percent of all counterfeit goods seized in 2011 consisted of counterfeit foods and counterfeit drugs. The portion of fake foods and medicines seized in 2011 was up from 14.5 percent in 2010.
Source: Financial Times, “Crime Gangs Look to Clean Up as Europe’s Black Market Balloons,” CNBC, June 24, 2013.
Illegal honey factories in Bosnia and Herzegovina produce up to 1,000 tonnes of fake honey each year. The counterfeiters sell the counterfeit honey to producers for $6.50 (€5) per kilogram, according to the president of the Beekeepers Association.
Genuine honey costs up between $9.82 to $13 (€7.5 to €10) per kilo.
Worldwide, counterfeit foods creates up to $40 Billion in market losses.
Source: Mladen Dragojlovic, “Counterfeit foods, other products threaten BiH market,” SE Times, June 21, 2013.
During a three month period in 2013, Chinese police arrested 904 people for “meat-related offenses . The individuals were arrested for passing of counterfeit meats as legitimate meat. One gang that was arrested make over $1 Million selling rat, fox and mink meat as mutton.
Between January and May 2013, authorities in China seized 20,000 tonnes of illegal and counterfeit foods and investigated 382 cases of meat-related crimes. Most of the cases involved the sale of toxic, diseased and counterfeit meats.
Source: Jonathan Kaiman, “China arrests 900 in fake meat scandal,” Guardian, May 3, 2013.
A study by Oceana sampled over 1,200 various types of fish samples in nearly 700 retail outlets in the United States.
The study found that one-third of the fish samples were mislabeled.
Source: Reuters, “Interpol targets illegal fishing, seafood fraud,” swissinfo, February 26, 2013.