The Rise Of Food Fraud
January 23, 2013 4:50 PM Subscribe
'A new study on food fraud was released Wednesday morning by U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention'.
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As part of the study
, nearly 800 new records - a 60% increase from last year - were added to their searchable online database of food fraud reports at foodfraud.org
. 'The new records show that the most commonly fraudulent products are olive oil, milk, saffron, honey and coffee. Tea, fish, clouding agents (used in fruit juices, like lemon, to make products look freshly squeezed), maple syrup and spices (turmeric, black pepper and chili pepper) were also top imposters.' 'Clouding agents were found in 877 food products from 315 different companies.'
'Food fraud, as defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is the adulteration, dilution or mislabeling of goods. USP further defines food fraud in the study as "the fraudulent addition of nonauthentic substances or removal or replacement of authentic substances without the purchaser's knowledge for economic gain to the seller."'
'U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP),' is 'a scientific nonprofit organization that helps set standards for the "quality, safety and benefit" of foods and medicines.'
So how can you defend yourself as a consumer? A number of tips are given, including a call to lobby the FDA: 'Petition the FDA to set standards for the most commonly fraudulent products, like honey and olive oil.'