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EU: Meeting of EU Food Fraud Network Featured

The European Commission hosted the November 2018 meeting of the EU’s Food Fraud Network including the European Commission, Joint Research Council, OLAF (the EU’s Anti-fraud Office) and EUROPOL. The meeting was presented with updates on major food frauds in the EU in 2018, including two concerning fishery products. The first concerned the identification of intentional misuse of antibiotics (nitrofurans) by several Vietnamese shrimp producers, identified through the official controls at EU borders and on the market, and disseminated by the EU’s RASFF system. The issue led to several export establishments having their authorizations withdrawn by the Vietnamese Competent Authority. The second concerned the illegal treatment and use of brine frozen tuna intended for canning for supply to the fresh tuna market, covered in the previous edition of The Fish Inspector. The case, codenamed Operation Tarantello, concluded with a total of 79 arrests by the Spanish authorities in October and November 2018, coordinated by EUROPOL, with several prosecutions underway.

At the meeting, it was also noted that the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) is working on a new definition of food fraud. The Joint Research Council EC Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality also held a Technical workshop on food Fraud in December 2018. The next meeting of the Food Fraud network will be held in April/May 2019.

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