‘Voedselfraude persistent problem in the Netherlands’

‘Voedselfraude persistent problem in the Netherlands’

Voedselfraude in the Netherlands still is at large scale. With one in five by the Consumers ‘ association surveyed food consumers are deceived and buy one is not what the label or the product name tells.

The Consumers evaluated a total of 156 products for authenticity and for 33 of those products were abnormalities.

Common fraud is the substitution of ingredients by inferior or cheaper substitutes. As it turns out, nearly half of the sold lamb is not what it promises to be.

For the investigation on lamb meat were ten lamscurries, ten servings of minced lamb and ten times lamsshoarma or kebabs viewed. In fourteen of the thirty surveyed lamsvleesproducten shows not only the lamb to sit. Six times there was even no trace of lamb in the product and was beef or turkey in place of lamb. In eight other portions were what lamb, but also at least forty percent meat.

Olive oil

In twelve of the eighteen surveyed bottles of extra-virgin olive oil (virgin olive oil) the oil is not as ‘extra virgin’ to be classified.

In eleven cases, with the help of the analysis cannot be concluded that the origin of the olive oil such as that on the label is correct. There are bijvoorveeld strong evidence that at least a part of the product consists of olive oil from Tunisia, while the label states that the oil from Europe.

Lesser quality

Bart Combée, director, Consumers ‘ association, commented on the results: “It is too crazy for words that your lamb order, but get what no lamb. Or you can buy extra virgin olive oil or manukahoning, but is afgescheept with products of much lesser quality.”

“Our research shows that there is still plenty of work to be done is for the food industry and the government to voedselfraude to avoid and products that cheating is off the shelves.”

Other products which the Consumers ‘ association deviations found are manukahoning (fifty percent different), oregano (eleven percent different) and cod (three percent of different).

Panel survey

In addition to a laboratory and asked the Consumers ‘ association over a thousand consumers for their opinion on voedselfraude. Two-thirds of the respondents allows to worry about voedselfraude. Consumers think that better and more frequent controls in combination with stricter regulations can help to address voedselfraude.


A well-known voedselschandaal is the paardenvleesaffaire of 2013. In other diepvrieslasagnes and ‘beef’-burgers turned out horse meat to be processed. Other examples of voedselfraude that in the news recently were ‘organic’ eggs that are not organic whitening and cheap fish as more expensive species were sold.

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