Controls: ICQRF and Carabinieri stop fraud of false organic products (IT)


The Central Inspectorate for Quality Protection and Food Fraud Repression (ICQRF), together with the Carabinieri of the Agro-Food Protection Center of Parma, have undertaken an important operation that has led to the stop of a fraud of false organic products, arresting 4 people.

According to the investigators, the holdings -all formally organic at production level- would have used different not allowed technical means, such as synthetic herbicides and fertilizers. The group involved, of national importance in the production and marketing of organic products, has its headquarters in Verona, and it is active on about 1,000 hectares in Italy and 10,000 in other countries (mainly Romania).

"Our country is one of the European leaders in the organic sector - commented Gianmarco  Centinaio, the Minister of Agricultural, Food and Tourism Policies- and an increasing number of consumers choose organic products. It is therefore essential to protect a sector in continuous growth. We are at the side of honest operators and consumers with tight controls. This operation is another piece added to the great daily work undertaken by ICQRF inspectors and  Carabinieri. Let’s continue on this road and do not let our guard down".

Precautionary measures of house arrest were applied to the owner of the company and to some employees.

Source: Mipaaft Press Office