Icqrf and Pesaro Financial Guard against the false organic products from Asia and East Europe
Police has dislocated a criminal international association involving several persons among whom were operators from the organic products sector who imported from third countries corn for the zoo technical sector and, in some case, for human nutrition, falsely certificated as “organic”
Vertical Bio is the name of the operation carried out by the ICQRF and the Pesaro Financial Guard in collaboration with the State Forestry Corps (for a total of about 150 men and women from different Italian regions). The 29th of January they has dislocated a criminal international association involving several persons among whom were operators from the organic products sector who imported from third countries (Moldova, Ukraine and India) corn for the zoo technical sector and, in some case, for human nutrition (in particular, soya, soft wheat and linen), falsely certificated as “organic” in order to sell it in the European Union to the enterprises not aware of the fact that the products were not organic.
The activity is part of the control actions to promote the Made in Italy and legal competitiveness, carried out in order to ensure an adequate quality and security level of produced food, guaranteeing honest consumers and operators.
During the two years investigation complex methods of investigation were used such as telephone interceptions, chemical-physic analyses of the products and documentation reconstruction were used. These tools allowed to verify that those responsible of this fraud – lead by a man from Emilia, nicknamed “master Joda” – commercialized products, declared organic, while in some cases they were obtained with the use of GMOs, or contaminated with active chemical elements prohibited in organic agriculture.
Therefore, the investigation lead to 9 pre-trial detention orders and to the communication 4 measures of prohibition to exercise enterprise activity towards the subjects belonging to the criminal organisation. Contextually, the preventive seizing for a total of approximately 35 million euro equal to illegal income derived from the fraud activity was carried out; personal properties, and accounts of the 20 people involved were seized. The judicial activity was coordinated by Silvia Cecchi, prosecutor of Pesaro.