Mafia Reportedly Trading in Counterfeit Olive Oil and Cheese

A parliamentary report suggests that organized crime is putting the Italian food industry's reputation 'at risk'

Olive oil might not be the only pantry staple falsely claiming its Italian origins; a new Italian parliamentary report finds that revenue from agriculture and food businesses make up 5.6 percent of Italy's organized crime business.

Criminal groups, the report says, are underpaying producers, trading in Italian counterfeit food products, and overcharging consumers.

Specifically, the president of Italy's largest farmers' group claims that the mafia is passing off olive oil and cheese as "made in Italy," when the product actually comes from cheaper, imported raw materials. It's almost as scandalous as the crazy truffle market.

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