The Sunday Post on 21st July carried a feature saying that Scots investigators have helped bust a €200 million scam when tuna fish caught for canning were treated with chemicals before being sold as fresh. This was a European-wide probe into the operation, while experts warn of a worldwide explosion in food fraud with faked, mis-sold produce generating £11 billion a year. In the tuna scam, the fish is illegally treated with vegetable extracts containing a high concentration of nitrates to alter the colour and give the impression of freshness, and this can represent a serious risk to public health. Samples taken from fishing vessels and processing plants across Europe resulted in 51 tonnes of frozen tuna being seized, mainly in Spain, and Scotland is said to be an end-user of tuna products from global imports. The article also contains a report into the international Operation Opson targeting food fraud.
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