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HAM SCAM FOUND BY ITALY’S FOOD POLICE

Near Naples, the police found an illegal laboratory where the meat from Poland was re-labeled as Italian.

Inside an illegal underground laboratory, a couple (both 50 years old) were found and charged with food fraud and violating health and safety regulations governingpublic food. The Polish ham was repackaged and issued with counterfeit labels of some Italian companies, such as Parma producers.

It is unknown where the meat was going to be distributed and sold.

This story is no news to Italy, in the last years food fraud has been a growing problem: the “Made in Italy” label is worldwide recognise and as such comes at a premium. The consequence is a high attraction to fraudsters. As Italian farmers association stated: “the meat sector is very vulnerable”and for Italian fraud squad (NAS) the value of seizures of fraudulent meat made in the last year was equal to €143.7 million.

Europe needs new policy to fight this problem, especially food labeling. In Italy, most of the pork meat comes from Denmark, France, Germany and Spain, without even knowing it because the information is not disclosed on the label. 

 

The gLAWcal Team

POREEN project

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

(Source: Huffington Post.it)

 

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin (Italy) which is beneficiary of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental iNdustries” - POREEN, Work-package 4.