Scandals in the food industry are increasingly hitting the headlines. Food counterfeiters copy well-known brands using cheap raw materials and no hygiene or quality controls in their production. Counterfeit or adulterated food products are a lucrative business in which the Mafia is heavily involved. Organised crime can be found along the entire food chain, from farming and production to the packaging and marketing of counterfeit food products.
Chocolate and other food products produced in Switzerland are popular worldwide. Whoever buys a 'Toblerone' chocolate bar expects it to come from the original manufacturer. Whether 'Toblerone' from South America, Gruyere cheese from India or Aceto Balsamico di Modena from Asia instead of northern Italy, they’re damaging the economy and endangering consumers.