Honey Laundering and Fish Fraud

Honey Laundering: A sticky trail of intrigue and crime

 A far cry from the innocent image of Winnie the Pooh with a paw stuck in the honey pot, the international honey trade has become increasingly rife with crime and intrigue.

Canada tackles seafood fraud

2 April, 2009 – The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) and U.S.-based Better Seafood Bureau (BSB) are praising the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) letter to seafood importers urging them to comply with the country’s labeling requirements.

Compelling evidence needed for Anton Piller order

In its 2007 decision in Catalyst Partners Inc. v. Meridian Packaging Ltd., [2007] A.J. No. 667 (C.A.), the Alberta Court of Appeal considered what evidence is required to satisfy the criteria for obtaining an Anton Piller order. In overturning the lower court’s decision and setting aside the Anton Piller order in this case, the Court of Appeal made it clear that strong evidence showing a real possibility the defendant will destroy documents is necessary before such an extraordinary order will be granted.

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Misleading RCMP data undermines counterfeiting claims by Michael Geist

“The RCMP has been the single most prominent source for claims about the impact of counterfeiting in Canada since its 2005 Economic Crime Report pegged the counterfeiting cost at between $10 to 30 billion dollars annually.”

“Responding to an Access to Information Act request for the sources behind the $30 billion claim, Canada’s national police force last week admitted that the figures were based on “open source documents found on the Internet.” In other words, the RCMP did not conduct any independent research on the scope or impact of counterfeiting in Canada, but rather merely searched for news stories on the Internet and then stood silent while lobby groups trumpeted the figure before Parliament.”