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Global police net largest-ever seizure of hazardous fake food and drinks

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Food is regulated for good reason – to protect the public. Interpol recently released the results of a worldwide operation that turned up some seriously disgusting – and dangerous – illicit food and drinks. Keep clicking to see what they found. less

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Italian officers found more than 85 tons of olives that had been “painted” with copper sulfate, which is used as a fungicide, to enhance their color.

Italian officers found more than 85 tons of olives that had been “painted” with copper sulfate, which is used as a fungicide, to enhance their color.

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Also discovered in Italy: “Fresh” mozzarella made with expired or improperly stored curd that was treated with chemicals to appear fresh. According to Interpol, the substance was then smoked in the back of a van, sometimes over a fire of burning garbage.
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Also discovered in Italy: “Fresh” mozzarella made with expired or improperly stored curd that was treated with chemicals to appear fresh. According to Interpol, the substance was then smoked in the back of a … more

Photo: Luzia Ellert, Interpol

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Police in Thailand destroyed more than 30 tons of illegal beef and buffalo meat unfit for human consumption which was on its way to grocery stores. The meat was illegally imported from India. 

Police in Thailand destroyed more than 30 tons of illegal beef and buffalo meat unfit for human consumption which was on its way to grocery stores. The meat was illegally imported from India. 

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As part of the operation, customs officers checked airports for travelers transporting illicit goods. In Belgium, officers confiscated several pounds of monkey meat.

As part of the operation, customs officers checked airports for travelers transporting illicit goods. In Belgium, officers confiscated several pounds of monkey meat.

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In Indonesia, 150 pounds of chicken intestines were found to be preserved in formalin, a solution of formaldehyde and methanol.

In Indonesia, 150 pounds of chicken intestines were found to be preserved in formalin, a solution of formaldehyde and methanol.

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Togo authorities destroyed 24 tons of imported tilapia which was found to be unfit for human consumption.

Togo authorities destroyed 24 tons of imported tilapia which was found to be unfit for human consumption.

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In Sudan, officers seized almost 9 tons of counterfeit sugar contaminated with fertilizer.

In Sudan, officers seized almost 9 tons of counterfeit sugar contaminated with fertilizer.

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Identifying food and drinks with false labeling was a large component of the operation. Australian officials found almost 1,000 pounds of honey that had been blended or adulterated.

Identifying food and drinks with false labeling was a large component of the operation. Australian officials found almost 1,000 pounds of honey that had been blended or adulterated.

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Australian officials also intercepted a shipment of peanuts that had been repackaged and labeled as pine nuts.

Australian officials also intercepted a shipment of peanuts that had been repackaged and labeled as pine nuts.

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Two tons of duck meat found in Hungary was destined for sale as foie gras, a delicacy made from goose liver.

Two tons of duck meat found in Hungary was destined for sale as foie gras, a delicacy made from goose liver.

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At an airport in France, officers seized 24 pounds of locusts.

At an airport in France, officers seized 24 pounds of locusts.

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French customs officers also found 44 pounds of caterpillars being illegally brought in through the airport.

French customs officers also found 44 pounds of caterpillars being illegally brought in through the airport.

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Thousands of sardine cans in Bolivia were being falsely labeled as a famous Peruvian brand.

Thousands of sardine cans in Bolivia were being falsely labeled as a famous Peruvian brand.

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Police in South Korea arrested a man smuggling “natural” dietary supplements which were being sold online. The fake supplements, which have generated $170,000 in sales over a 10-month period, contained harmful ingredients. less
Police in South Korea arrested a man smuggling “natural” dietary supplements which were being sold online. The fake supplements, which have generated $170,000 in sales over a 10-month period, contained harmful … more

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An illegal slaughterhouse was discovered in Hungary as part of Operation Opson.

An illegal slaughterhouse was discovered in Hungary as part of Operation Opson.

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Police in Thailand intercepted more than 1,300 gallons of whiskey being smuggled into the country.

Police in Thailand intercepted more than 1,300 gallons of whiskey being smuggled into the country.

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Bottles with fake labels for protected designation of origin wine from Italy were found to contain Spanish wine.

Bottles with fake labels for protected designation of origin wine from Italy were found to contain Spanish wine.

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This photo shows bottles of counterfeit champagne.

This photo shows bottles of counterfeit champagne.

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In Greece, officers discovered three illicit factories producing counterfeit alcohol. Police seized equipment used in the manufacturing process to make labels, caps and empty bottles, plus more than 7,400 bottles of fake alcohol and counterfeit labels. less
In Greece, officers discovered three illicit factories producing counterfeit alcohol. Police seized equipment used in the manufacturing process to make labels, caps and empty bottles, plus more than 7,400 … more

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A facility producing fake liquor in Greece.

A facility producing fake liquor in Greece.

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The following photos are from a similar Interpol operation that occurred in December 2014 and January 2015, the results of which were released in February 2015.

In this photo: UK police found a fake vodka bottling plant, where antifreeze was being used to make the counterfeit alcohol, while reverse osmosis was used to remove the chemical smell and appearance.
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The following photos are from a similar Interpol operation that occurred in December 2014 and January 2015, the results of which were released in February 2015.

In this photo: UK police found a fake vodka … more

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Authorities in Italy found a fish processing plant selling previously frozen seafood as fresh. The rotting fish was sprayed with a solution of citric acid, phosphate and hydrogen peroxide to make it appear fresh.
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Authorities in Italy found a fish processing plant selling previously frozen seafood as fresh. The rotting fish was sprayed with a solution of citric acid, phosphate and hydrogen peroxide to make it appear … more

Photo: Stephenson Foo Kim Fah / EyeEm, Interpol

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This meat, illegally imported into Thailand, was not tested for health and safety standards.

This meat, illegally imported into Thailand, was not tested for health and safety standards.

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This homemade alcohol made in unsanitary conditions was to be bottled and sold as branded liquor.

This homemade alcohol made in unsanitary conditions was to be bottled and sold as branded liquor.

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These empty, labeled bottles in Uganda were to be filled with fake whisky.

These empty, labeled bottles in Uganda were to be filled with fake whisky.

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Counterfeit caviar brought into Paris in airplane passenger luggage.

Counterfeit caviar brought into Paris in airplane passenger luggage.

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Police in Belarus stopped a truck illegally transporting more than 18,000 pounds of eggs using forged quality certificates.

Police in Belarus stopped a truck illegally transporting more than 18,000 pounds of eggs using forged quality certificates.

Photo: Oli Kellett, Interpol

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In Estonia, authorities discovered 20 tons of dried apricots containing excessive levels of sulfites, a food preservative.

In Estonia, authorities discovered 20 tons of dried apricots containing excessive levels of sulfites, a food preservative.

Photo: Joff Lee, Interpol

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Egyptian authorities seized 35 tons of fake butter and dismantled a factory producing fake tea.

Egyptian authorities seized 35 tons of fake butter and dismantled a factory producing fake tea.

Photo: Peter Ardito, Interpol

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French officials also found more than 8,800 pounds of counterfeit strawberries coming into its Paris airport.

French officials also found more than 8,800 pounds of counterfeit strawberries coming into its Paris airport.

Photo: Paolo Gallo / EyeEm, Interpol

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Officials in Côte d’Ivoire seized 18 tonnes of energy drinks imported from Brazil.

Officials in Côte d’Ivoire seized 18 tonnes of energy drinks imported from Brazil.

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Belgian customs officials seized food supplements said to be derived from traditional Chinese medicines, which actually contained high levels of mercury.

Belgian customs officials seized food supplements said to be derived from traditional Chinese medicines, which actually contained high levels of mercury.

Photo: Yagi Studio, Interpol

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Empty counterfeit water bottles were seized in Norway.

Empty counterfeit water bottles were seized in Norway.

Photo: Hans-Peter Merten, Interpol

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Colombian officials dismantled an organized crime network behind the production, distribution and sale of fake whisky.

Colombian officials dismantled an organized crime network behind the production, distribution and sale of fake whisky.

Photo: Chris Stein, Interpol

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U.S. officials in Los Angeles inspected parcels being sent through the postal system and found various illegal shipments, including dietary supplements.

U.S. officials in Los Angeles inspected parcels being sent through the postal system and found various illegal shipments, including dietary supplements.

Photo: Jan Stromme, Interpol

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In Spain, coffee sold as 100 percent Arabica was actually a mixture of other, low-quality coffees.

In Spain, coffee sold as 100 percent Arabica was actually a mixture of other, low-quality coffees.

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An unlicensed water bottling plant was shut down in South Sudan.

An unlicensed water bottling plant was shut down in South Sudan.

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Genuine, legal beer bottles were refilled with a local homebrew and resold in Rwanda.

Genuine, legal beer bottles were refilled with a local homebrew and resold in Rwanda.

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This car seized in Hungary had hidden compartments to smuggle fake alcohol.

This car seized in Hungary had hidden compartments to smuggle fake alcohol.

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