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Food Safety

The Commission is also engaged in OPSON, a Europol/Interpol joint initiative targeting trafficking in fake and substandard food and beverages. During operation OPSON VII, the EU coordinated action ran with the support of the EU Food Fraud Network across 11 European countries in order to detect fraudulent practices pertaining to tuna. The Commission provided expertise, intelligence analysis, tips for investigations, training and communication coordination.

In the framework of OPSON VIII, which ran from December 2018 through April 2019, the Commission cooperated in the preparation of coordinated actions to fight fraud by carrying out intelligence analyses. The investigative role of the EU FFN is key to provide additional information to Europol's police network. During the OPSON VIII, there were three specific targeted actions: organic fraud led by EU Commission, sale of 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) led by the UK and substitution of pure Arabica coffee led by Germany.

Operation OPSON VIII

Finally, the Commission organises specialised trainings in the framework of the Better Training for Safer Food initiative for food inspectors, police and customs officers and judicial authorities of the EU countries, concerning new investigations and control techniques related to fraud (including E-Commerce). Five trainings are held each year throughout the EU. This program will be extended in third countries for the period 2020-2021.

Contact DG SANTE: SANTE-FOOD-FRAUD@ec.europa.eu

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