Gang’s £180m fake tuna scam is caught in the net of Scottish officials

by John Jeffay

The Times

Scottish investigators have helped to uncover a £180 million scam involving dangerous mis-sold tuna.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) played a leading role in a European inquiry as experts warned of a worldwide explosion in food crime. Faked and mis-sold produce generates £11 billion a year and can pose serious health risks.

Fraudsters are illegally treating tuna with vegetable extracts containing a high concentration of nitrates to alter the colour and give the impression of freshness. Gangs across the world have moved into food crime, lured by huge profits and fewer risks than the drugs or arms trades.

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