Stom­ach-churn­ing list of seizures

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

It reads like the world's worst menu: Ital­ian olives painted with cop­per sul­phate so­lu­tion, Su­danese sugar tainted with fer­tiliser, and hun­dreds of thou­sands of litres of bo­gus al­co­holic drinks top In­ter­pol’s an­nual tally of toxic and coun­ter­feit food seized by police agen­cies across the world. A state­ment yes­ter­day by In­ter­pol said that a record 10,000 tonnes has been re­cov­ered across 57 coun­tries. Al­though some busts have been pre­vi­ously re­ported, the haul of bo­gus diet sup­ple­ments, adul­ter­ated honey and for­ma­lin-drenched chicken guts makes for stom­ach-churn­ing read­ing. Euro­pean law-en­force­ment agency Europol, which co­or­di­nated the seizures along with In­ter­pol over the past three months, says coun­ter­feit food is “a multi­bil­lion crim­i­nal in­dus­try which can pose se­ri­ous po­ten­tial health risks to un­sus­pect­ing cus­tomers.”

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