From sugar cut with fertilizer, to olives painted with chemicals to make them look greener, to bread laced with something called potassium bromate: Toxic foods are a major world issue, according to the international police agencies Interpol and Europol.
The Times has the story: Every year, criminals make millions of dollars selling these illegal food products to consumers. Recent operations by the agencies have uncovered 11,000 tons of potentially hazardous food and 264,000 gallons of counterfeit beverages—record highs.
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Interpol and Europol have recently seized tainted goods in 57 countries, including Indonesia, where 154 pounds of chicken intestines soaked in formalin (an illegal food additive) were discovered. But the issue certainly doesn't stop there. In countries like Greece, Britain and Burundi, the concoction of illicit alcohol has been on the rise, while in other places like Sudan and Italy, common ingredients are chemically manipulated to make them more appealing and cheaper to produce.