MEP warns on food fraud
Ireland east MEP Liam Aylward has challenged the European Commission to act on the growing but under-reported problem of food fraud.
Dubbed as the crime of the century by the World Customs Institute, the demand for inexpensive food has seen the trade increase to €39bn annually.
Last year a Europol investigation seized 13,000 bottles of substandard olive oil, 77 tonnes of counterfeit cheese and 30 tonnes of fake tomato sauce.
An UCD study found that 82pc of fish such as pollock and whiting sold on the Dublin Market was sold as more expensive cod.