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Italy seizes 6 mln euros in counterfeit food in 9 months

Twice as many inspections since 2011, ministry says

13 November, 14:38
Italy seizes 6 mln euros in counterfeit food in 9 months (ANSA) - Rome, November 13 - Nearly six million euros in counterfeit food was seized in the first three quarters of 2012 in Italy, inspectors reported Tuesday. Amid a crackdown on fraud and evasion during the euro crisis, the agriculture ministry said that 3,000 farms and companies were inspected, twice as many as the year before. Police wrote 281 serious violations in the time period and seized 3,900 tons of agricultural goods. "Italy's system of checks works well," said Agriculture Minister Mario Catania. "And for a country with very high-quality food production, it's fundamental that we avoid counterfeiting, evading inspections and an array of crimes that threaten our economy".

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