CAFIA ordered to withdraw counterfeit cocoa powder imported from Poland from circulation10/01/2003
CAFIA has proved that the product contains 70% of non-permissible substance, which was identified as polysacharides. CAFIA experts assume that the substance found in the product is most probably starch. Such a practice is qualified by a relevant act as a „deception of customers“, respectively „falsification“, because only a product that contains 100 % of a cocoa powder can be designated as a „cocoa powder“.
CAFIA obliged the importer (and the retailer in one) to withdraw this product immediately from circulation and launched administrative proceedings. When importing next time, the importer has also duty to present document proving that the imported cocoa powder is pure.
Photo: Adulterated product designated as "Kakao holandské tmavé", 200 g packed into paper containairs. (CAFIA)