A Shift In Fraudulent Activities

Europol’s OPSON IX Report 2021 published: Many things have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and here is some good news: organized crime activity related to food crime has decreased during the first months of 2020; the crimes shifted to medicines and medical devices instead. Apparently, the pandemic has disrupted the criminal activities and supply chains. During another successful Europol and Interpol operation, OPSON IX, 12,000 tons of products with a value of $40 million were seized. Top of the list of affected products were animal feed, alcoholic beverages and produce. The two million liters of fraudulent and substandard alcoholic beverages seized show that these products keep being a significant threat to human health.

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Posted on 7 June 2021