Slippery Butter Smugglers Busted in Norway


Snuck in from Sweden in scheme to sell 550 pounds of butter as nation suffers shortage

A pair of slippery smugglers were busted in Norway looking to peddle an illicit contraband – butter. The two men, who snuck into the country from Sweden, were arrested with about 550 lbs of butter divided into 18-ounce packets, the Norwegian daily newspaper Adresseavisen reported.

They were nabbed Saturday, and both admitted to churning up the scheme, authorities said. ”They have confessed that they have bought butter in Sweden to sell at a profit in Norway,” legal counsel Amund Sand told the Adresseavisen.

A massive butter shortage has spread throughout Scandanavia in recent months, and is expected to last into next year. This has led to the blackmarket trafficking of butter in Sweden and Norway.

The two men arrested were looking to score more than $40 for each packet of butter, police said.




Drugs Hidden In Nacho Cheese And Jalapenos: Border Patrol Finds $140,000 Of Methamphetamine At Tijuana Crossing


Be careful with this cheese sauce; it’s got a kick to it.

Border control agents arrested a man entering southern California from Mexico who allegedly hid seven pounds of methamphetamine inside cans of nacho cheese sauce and jalapeño peppers, according to The Los Angeles Times.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the San Ysidro crossing with Tijuana detained a 21-year-old Mexican citizen whose 1999 Toyota Solara was laden with groceries, an agency press release said.

Border guards x-rayed the canned goods, because they “appeared abnormal,” according to a statement from the Customs and Border Protections office. The provisions seemed suspiciously heavy to the guards, according to an Associated Press report.

In each can was a package, either covered with liquid cheese or a spicy pepper residue, Police said the drugs were valued at $140,000.

The suspect, a resident of Oxnard, Calif., allegedly told officers that he traveled to Mexico to go grocery shopping. He was turned over to the Immigration Control and Enforcement agents.


258 Tins of Fake Ghee Seized in Pakistan


AHMEDABAD: The grainy and fragrant pure ghee you trust to add to your cooking might not be as pure as you imagine, and it might not be ghee at all.

A unit producing fake ghee was raided by the vigilance squad of Director General of Police (DGP) on Tuesday. No less than 258 tins of counterfeit ghee of 25 kg each were seized in the operation. Investigators have arrested two persons from the spot while the search for two absconding accused persons is on.

According to vigilance squad officials, a team led by inspectors R L Solanki and N D Chauhan received a tip-off about a unit selling fake ghee under the garb of a soy oil production factory in Aslali.

Working on the information, the team raided Shreeji Trading in Rambhai Estate near Aslali on Tuesday morning. The team managed to nab Dharamshi Manek, a resident of Bodakdev and Parag Jobanputra, a resident of Satellite in Ahmedabad, from the spot.

“We found 258 packed tins from the spot with a market value of Rs 5.16 lakh. On verification, we found that it was adulterated ghee. When questioned, the owners said that they used soy oil, vegetable ghee, edible colour and fragrance to produce ‘pure ghee’ in the unit. The unit is an agency for soy oil marketing for the last two years. They claim to have started producing and marketing ghee in the last three months. We are yet to confirm the claim,” said Chauhan.

Investigators said that the two accused along with Paresh Sindhi and Bipin Rawal, both residents of Kubernagar and Sardarnagar, had hired four men for the production. They would first mix the ingredients and then add colour and fragrance.

“Interestingly, the ghee was not supplied to Ahmedabad or areas nearby. The concoction would be packed in tin of 25 kg each bearing labels of Marutinandan Castor Oil. The pack would also mention that the oil is not edible. It would then be delivered to dealers in Saurashtra who would sell the contents loose. While they would produce a tin for Rs 900, it sold for Rs 2,000. As it much cheaper than pure desi ghee, traders would buy this and sell to customers with a huge profit margin,” said a vigilance squad official.


Coca-Cola Yogurt Drink Linked to Poisoning Death in China


BEIJING – An 11-year-old boy died in Changchun city in Jilin province after he drank a [Coca-Cola made] strawberry-flavored Pulpy Milky yogurt drink on November 28, and his mother was severely ill after consuming the same drink.

Chinese police believe the child … was probably the victim of deliberate poisoning, official media said on Tuesday after a testing agency found no toxins in samples from the same batch of the drink. The findings appear to cut the chances of a broader recall of Coke products in northeastern China.

The police’s technical tests and investigations have preliminarily confirmed that this incident is a criminal case in Changchun, which reaffirms that it is not related in any way to our product quality,” Joanna Price, a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola said in an emailed statement. Another mother and her daughter became ill after drinking another bottle of the same drink in Jilin a few days earlier, but recovered, Coca-Cola spokeswoman Price said earlier.

Police have reached the “preliminary conclusion” that the drink was deliberately adulterated, said the official Xinhua news agency, citing the provincial public security office. Investigators in both cases found highly toxic pesticides present in the remains of the drinks, said the report.

But tests carried out by the China National Centre for Food Quality Supervision and Testing”showed no existence of Methomyl or thiodicarb, two toxic pesticides, on the samples of the same batch of the strawberry-flavored milk drinks taken by the victim,” the Xinhua news agency reported late on Monday.

Checks of the production process also found they were safe, the report also said, citing a statement from Coca-Cola’s Jilin unit. Checks of other Coca-Cola products on sale in Changchun also did not find toxins, said the Xinhua report from Tuesday.

“All these tests and reviews indicate our products are safe and within standards,” Price said in her email. “This incident is an isolated act that occurred in Changchun, and we are one hundred percent confident that our products are safe and in good quality.” The company and officials earlier agreed the yogurt drink should be removed from shelves in Jilin province while the investigation was under way.

Food scandals are common in China, where crackdowns have failed to stamp out poisonings and toxin outbreaks that have shaken consumer confidence.