Yellow Is Not Always Golden

Money laundering and food fraud widespread in Saffron: Organized crime in Spain laundered millions of euros by selling saffron adulterated with dyes and herbs, some of these adulterants being unfit for human consumption. Spanish police with the assistance of Europol busted an importer who adulterated imported saffron threads and sold them with the high-end La Mancha region designation. The supply chain for the organized crime scheme was operating across the EU, with 17 arrests made in the sting operation.

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Picture Credit Susanne Kuehne

Posted on 17 May 2021