The Icelandic police recently participated in a global operation to seize fake and illicit food.
Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Icelandic customs authorities, the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) and the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police performed inspections in Iceland, seizing, among other items, illicit milk for sale in supermarkets in the capital area. No further details have yet been provided.
According to Europol, the global operation, dubbed Opeartion Opson II, which took place from December 3 to 9, resulted in the seizure of more than 135 tons of potentially harmful goods ranging from every-day products of coffee, soup cubes and olive oil, to luxury goods such as truffles and caviar. A further 100 tons of misdeclared and/or potentially hazardous food was also confiscated.
The operation involved 29 countries and also resulted in the recovery of 285,000 liters of counterfeit liquid including vodka, wine, soy sauce and orange juice, in addition to fish, seafood and meat declared unfit for human consumption, as well as fake candy bars and condiments.
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