Dear European Police Office,
Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting information about the olive oil fraud in the EU between the years 2010 and 2017 (both inclusive).
For each case registered in the Europol database regarding olive oil fraud, please also provide with further information regarding:
- Date in which the case was registered by the authority.
- The countries involved.
- The causes for which the product was seized:
o Labels without the European Union requirements.
o Products with a label establishing a superior quality for the product than it actually was.
o Adulteration of the product
o Deterioration of the product
- If the case was related to health issues
- The name of the product, if possible.
- A quantifiable measure of the amount of the product seized (tonnes, units, litres)
I would also appreciate it if you could provide me with any document about the monetary cost of the fraud of olive oil for the UE and its members.
I am interested in knowing:
- How much money is involved annually due to the olive oil fraud in Europe?
- What proportion represent the olive oil fraud in the condiment group?
- How has this type of fraud evolved between 2010 and 2017? Are there more or fewer cases? Does it involve more or less money?
- Which countries are the most affected?
Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others and should this prove to be the case I would ask that you release available data as soon as possible rather than hold up the entire request.
I would like to receive that information in electronic format, preferably in .csv or .xls.
If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible within a reasonable time frame or the request is too broad, I would be grateful if you could provide me with assistance as to how I could refine the request.
Carmen Aguilar García