Introduce ‘counterfeiting and fake food Law': to stop selling fake or expired products.
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With the rise of fake food and expired products in Chinese stores here in Italy and increasing levels of concern from consumers especially foriegners, government and brand owners should act quickly to protect the market and health of the people.
Fake food in Italy has been on the increase and alarming. They produce and sell counterfeit products with ease. Food preservatives used to cover up expired food items are sometimes even harmful – ingredients being added to counterfeit foods. Safety is of utmost concern to consumers. Best if the Food and Drug Administration could raid factories, stores and wharehouses where making and sales are done. With the ease of communicating and sharing information online, government and brand owners can create a link to report cases and locations.
Also Packaging rights and responsibilities should be monitored. The new regulations should focus mainly on ensuring safety, quality and accountability. The use of easily degradable and recyclable packaging that is safe and suitable for use; and labels must provide information on the country of origin, ingredients list, the distributer’s address and the production and expiration dates and for verification, an Italian laboratory or standard body for liability. I ask of the government to raid counterfeit-producing factories, publish the act, arrange settlements, deal in injunctions, destroy infringing products and equipment used and levy fines.
I know that a counterfeit-free environment enables progress in business and society in general. Strong protection against counterfeits and expired products is a neccessary result towards higher international standards enabling food and beverage brand owners to provide consumers with the goods that are good - best and desired. Time for the boxes to be opened, we no longer trust the products and sellers. These days counterfeit goods can range from branded consumer products, spare parts, batteries to common consumer goods such as toothpaste, cosmetics and food. Selling fake food is a significant economic and health threat. Counterfeiting is an illicit activity, which means there is tax revenue lost. Trade in counterfeit goods does not only negatively affects economic growth, but it poses a serious threat to the health of consumers as the goods are produced and distributed without any standards or norms. This money is instead channelled into the pockets of organised crime groups
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