Food Fraud Busters – Getting Rid of Dangerous Fake Edibles

Few crimes are as abominable as food fraud, which according to this Newsweek article endangered thousands of lives.  Imagine going to your local grocery store for UHT packaged milk only to find out it’s fake after you’ve been hospitalized with food poisoning.  Many of us would never see it coming; the tell signs would not always be obvious and even the store owners can be deceived or worse, they could be in collusion, sourcing cheaper products to increase their profit margins.

The Fake-Food Detectives

Food fraud has been around almost as long as food itself. Finally, some experts are starting to get tough.

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Hunting Down Fakes

This is a significant and insidious global problem.  Consumers’ lives are put on the line for dirty profits from these merchants of death.  Sadly many consumers lack the ability to differentiate authenticate drugs from fakes.  Worst of all corruption officials are paid enough to look away and act like the problem does not exist.  My hat is off to the Interpol and Customs Enforcement task force working to attack this death supply chain.

Crackdown Targets Counterfeit Drugs
Washington Post (11/20/09) Mui, Ylan Q.

Law enforcement agents from around the world have cracked down on counterfeit pharmaceutical products as part of a new global effort to prevent these medications from reaching patients. The operation, known as Pangea, has already uncovered nearly 800 alleged packages of counterfeit or suspicious medications in the United States, including imitation Viagra, Vicodin, and Claritin. Officials say these counterfeit medications pose a serious patient safety risk, as some have been found to have as much as three times more of the active ingredient than is usually prescribed. Other medications may be placebos and some have been found to contain potentially toxic substances including drywall material, antifreeze, and yellow highway paint. In addition to seizing these medications, officials also shutdown 68 online pharmacies believed to be trafficking in fake pharmaceuticals. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy maintains a list of approximately 4,000 Internet-based pharmacies that it says are questionable. It also certifies legitimate sellers through its Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice program. Thus far, 17 Web-based pharmacies have met the requirements for certification through the program. In an effort to further prevent the sale of counterfeit drugs, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) recently proposed a bill that would increase penalties for counterfeiters and enhance the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to track them. However, the bill is currently stalled in committee.

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Globalization Boosts Europe’s Gangsters

Much has been written about globalization and organized crime evolution, but rarely do we see mainstream media focus on the boom that trade liberalizations has had on the illicit economy the following BusinessWeek article touches on very significant trends.  As I have described in previous posts, the global illicit economy would rice to challenge legitimate business.  Notice how organized crime has been structured to profit under any economic circumstances.  The effect is akin to Darwin’s natural selection or more appropriate survival of fittest.

Globalization Boosts Europe’s Gangsters

Trade liberalization, fewer borders, and cheap air travel all are contributing to a rise in organized crime from the south and east of Europe

By Leigh Phillips