Icelandic police took part in a massive international sting operation to fight illegal and counterfeit food.
The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police reports that they have seized an unspecified quanitity of “illegal milk” being sold “in a large market in the capital area”. Police said that they could not give more details than this at this time.
The operation was conducted domestically in cooperation with the Directorate of Customs, the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority and health directorate officials. The former supervises food and drink being imported into the country, while the latter two are in charge of foodstuffs within Iceland.
The operation is actually part of a much larger mission being conducted by Europol. Called “Operation Opson II,” this international law enforcement operation focuses specifically on “fake and substandard food and drink, as well as the organised crime networks behind this illicit trade”, resulting in seizures of hundreds of tonnes of “potentially harmful goods ranging from every day products of coffee, soup cubes and olive oil, to luxury goods such as truffles and caviar.”
Europol Criminal Intelligence Officer Bérengère Dréno explains in this YouTube video.
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