How crime gangs are carving up £11bn market in forged food: Scots investigators bust €200m global tuna scam

Scots investigators have helped bust a €200 million scam when tuna fish caught for canning were treated with chemicals before being sold as fresh.

The Food Crime and Incidents Unit at Food Standards Scotland played a leading role in a European-wide probe into the operation as experts warn of a worldwide explosion in food fraud with faked, mis-sold produce generating £11 billion a year.

Organised crime gangs have now moved in, lured by huge profits and reduced risks.

The operation against mis-sold tuna can be revealed just days after the Food Standards Agency said one in five British meat products tested positive for meat not on the label after their inspectors found ham slices containing no ham, lamb doners with no lamb, and pork sausages packed with beef.