The Spanish Guardia Civil has arrested nine people for food fraud. They are said to have sold conventionally grown vegetable products as being 'organic'.
The presumed bio-fraudsters were caught as part of global operation Opson VIII. Under the name OPSON, Interpol and Europol regularly conduct large-scale investigations into food fraud involving dozens of states. For the first time, organic food was also included in the Opson operation.
470 tons of vegetables seized
According to Europol, 90,000 tonnes of organic food were checked. Aaround 470 tonnes of vegetables from conventional production have been seized. According to Europol, the customers were mostly from Germany, Great Britain, France and Denmark. At the center of the investigation was a company that had marketed large quantities of cucumbers and peppers. The newspaper spoke of a "big bio-fraud".