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The EU's European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is applauding the success of an anti-smuggling operation which saw 144 tonnes of fresh Chinese garlic seized in Poland. The cunning oriental plan to flood Poland with Allium sativum involved labelling the produce as "fresh onions", which attract a 9.6 per cent ad valorem import duty but …

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Anonymous Coward

Sod the duty, have you tried cooking with the stuff?

I am surprised they "caught" some. In fact I suspect that the importer simply annoyed the wrong people in the wrong places.

Eastern EU market is flooded with this stuff. The import duty implications aside it tastes like sh**. It is also suspiciously big. It will be interesting to see the chemical analysis for nitrates and trace elements in it.

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I concur. Friends don't let friends purchase Chinese garlic.

The California chain grocery market is flooded with the stuff, too ... and it's AWFUL! On the bright side, most farmer's markets & roadside fruit stands carry various varietals from Gilroy & Salinas. Ask your green-grocer for proper garlic ... Squeaky wheel & all that.

Or simply grow your own. It's not exactly rocket science ...

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Now if only they could tackle the issue of the EU

That organised crime syndicate dressed up as a democracy.

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Of course...

... you are merely teasing us, and you have the evidence for your claims already written down and ready to post, haven't you?

You haven't? Well, you aren't worth listening to, then.

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Grenade

Not sure why this got downvoted

But when I worked on an EC funded project it was pretty obvious that the un-audited accounts of the EU cover up an excessive amount of fraud and criminal activity.

I suppose people must be downvoting the accusation that the EU is even dressed up as a democracy. Since the EU parliament is incredibly marginalised and actually has no legislative authority, it would be remarkably hard to accuse the EU of being even remotely democratic.

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Black Helicopters

@Not sure why this got downvoted

because the comment was slightly off topic.

Anon for obvious reasons

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144 tonnes of fresh Chinese garlic seized in Poland

I bet the anti-smuggling sniffer dogs found that easily!

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OK, I'm confused.

Why does one food product cost more per unit in tax than another? Is there some kind of NON-EU-Garlic-Tax-funded free-mint system?

This just makes it sound like the EU is a glorified protection racket.

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"This just makes it sound like the EU is a glorified protection racket."

Yep, thats one accusation that could be fairly levelled at the EU. There are many more.

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Different food stuffs have different values per kilogram

That can make a BIG difference. Try buying a kilogram of white truffles ;-)

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FAIL

so

It appears you don't know how world trade works. Have you tried reading any country's import tariff rules?

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Just buy the Chinese white truffles

They're bigger, cheaper and taste a lot like a football.

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@reading any country's import tariff rules

No yet!

But I will try next time when I can't sleep.

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Happy

So, soon it'll be common,,,,

.... to see Chinese garlic sellers on rickshaws replacing the French onion sellers on bikes......

Sign of the times!

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IT Angle

IT ?

There, question asked.

Answer in the same post- its in effing bootnotes. So no need for everyone else to ask.

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Well,

they needed the saved money, 180k, to pay off an MP3 or two with MPAA

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OLAF

So there's an organisation that really knows its Onions.

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Okay...

...who leeked...?

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Chinese garlic is worthless anyway

As the ac noted above, it tastes like s**t. There's no duty where live, so the stuff is super cheap compared to the locally grown stuff, but our local supermarket has stopped stocking it, as they couldn't give it away. It is also bleached I understand, to make it look good on the shelf.

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Daily Mail headline

Daily Mail headline -

China floods Poland with "counterfeit" onions - will Britain be next and will these bulbous vegetables cause or cure cancer?

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Splendid

Polish vampires can now relax knowing the EU is there to protect an ancient way of life full of shallots with nary a hint of garlic in sight.

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Polish vampires..

Had nothing to fear from this "garlic" in any case.... See other comments.

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«OLAF estimates the EU has already lost a whopping €1m [€1M]

to the Chinese garlic-dressed-as-onions trade.» Good to see that our EU authorities remain vigilant to protect us consumers - or was it rather their sources of income - amazing, however, that a sum as small as €1M was able to excite their attention at all ; that's coffee change in Brussels. But then, on the other hand, they do measure cucumbers, to determine whether length and curvature meet our exacting standards, so perhaps I shouldn't be surprised....

Henri

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But what was the street price?

Come on, illicit substance smuggling stories are ALWAYS supposed to have a greatly-inflated "street price" of the amount seized...

"When cut with butter and baked in french bread, the haul could be resold on the street for €28M"

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144 tonnes of Chinese garlic?

That's gross.

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drugs??

are there garlic addicts too?

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@william henderson 1

Speaking as one of the afflicted, I can unequivocally answer "Hell yes!" :-)

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Sounds like the UK trucking/shipping con

some deal about chocolaty biscuits and plain one spring to mind.

Book out both, return chocy ones (on paper)

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