Hundreds of tonnes of fake and substandard food and drink including, cheese, olive oil, tea and wine have been seized in an Europol-Interpol coordinated operation across 10 European countries, said an Europol (European police) press release Tuesday.
The operation, Opson (meaning food in ancient Greek), conducted between 28 November-4 December resulted in the recovery of more than 13,000 bottles of substandard olive oil, 30 tonnes of fake tomato sauce, around 77,000 kgs of counterfeit cheese, more than 12,000 bottles of substandard wine, five tonnes of substandard fish and seafood, nearly 30,000 counterfeit candy bars.
The sale of fake/substandard caviar via the Internet is also under investigation.
The week-long operation involved police, customs and national food regulatory bodies in addition to partners from the private sector and saw checks carried out in airports, seaports, shops and flea markets across the 10 participating countries.
The countries which took part are Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.