[2 August/ Food Navigator]

Customs authorities detained over 41 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU’s external border in 2016 with a value of more than EUR670 million. Cigarettes were the top category making up 24 percent of detained articles and toys the second largest group made up 17 percent, followed by foodstuffs making up 13 percent and packaging material, 12 percent. The number of detained articles increased by 2 percent compared to 2015, and foodstuffs and alcoholic beverages saw the highest increases, greater than 50 percent, since 2015. China was the highest source of fake foodstuffs. Europol said counterfeit certification labels continued to be a major problem for the European food industry.