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    Stumbled across this article / book review (see below). I'd read about how bad the olive oil industry was but hadn't heard of some of these other scams.



    For the love of real food: Five of the most commonly faked foods, and how to avoid them
    Laura Brehaut | July 25, 2016

    Mercury-laden tilefish passed off as red snapper, “100 per cent Parmesan” cut with wood pulp, fast food lobster rolls seriously lacking in lobster.

    As journalist Larry Olmsted suggests in his new book, Real Food/Fake Food (Algonquin Books, 2016), food fraud is rampant. When it comes to many commonplace items, what you think you’re buying is simply not what you’re getting.

    “Michigan State University’s Food Fraud Initiative (FFI) estimates fraud at nearly fifty billion dollars annually. That’s twice the entire world market for coffee, the single most valuable agricultural commodity,” he writes.

    ...
    Extra virgin olive oil is prized for its health benefits and distinctive flavour. It has such a long history of being adulterated, Olmsted says, that many people won’t have...

    Kobe beef, ...appears on restaurant menus across North America. If you’ve ordered it anywhere else in Canada but at ..., you’ve been had...



    http://news.nationalpost.com/life/fo...-to-avoid-them

    Here's a few more articles:


    Your Fridge Might Be Full of Fake Food
    Alexandra Sifferlin @acsifferlin July 19, 2016

    Honey: Honey, especially when imported, can be filtered or cut with things like corn or fructose syrup. Certain types of honey are more popular and expensive than others—like manuka honey, found only in New Zealand and part of Australia, says Olmsted—and research has found that honey is often mislabeled as a popular type when it’s not.
    http://time.com/4412535/food-fraud-olive-oil/


    Fake Food Scandals - A Bad Year For Food Lovers
    Larry Olmsted , CONTRIBUTOR

    ..."I’d already covered the fake Parmesan here at Forbes.com before, but this was a different scam. For years, ... The Bloomberg story, which resonated widely in the media and was followed up by an in-depth investigation by Inside Edition, uncovered a new way to cheat consumers buying domestic Parmesan: cut or extend the already cheap product with something even cheaper, cellulose, sometimes totaling more than 20% of the product.

    American consumers had less than two weeks to digest the implications of cheese fraud before the next shoe dropped: 60 Minutes ran a detailed segment on olive oil fraud. For those like me who follow food fraud, this is hardly a new topic – Americans have been getting routinely ripped off by fake or adulterated olive oil for more than half a century. But to many listeners it was news when 60 Minutes estimated that a whopping 80-85% of all oil labeled extra virgin in this country – the highest grade possible – is not actually extra virgin. The really bad news is that some experts think these numbers are conservative. In one study a bestselling top national supermarket brand failed the standard 94% of the time.


    http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolm.../#7e76d3832027


    http://foodfraud.msu.edu
    Last edited by KC; 26-09-2016 at 11:30 AM.

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    Cheese slices, I'm thinking calling it cheese is a big stretch. There is an artificial crab you can buy. It comes in like a block form. It's actually not bad but it's artificial (just forgot the name of it). Tinned mushrooms, horrible and should not be sold that way.
    Another issue now is all this 'organic' stuff in the market place. It seems everything has an organic brand now. Wonder how much of it is actually 'organic'.
    Gone............................and very quickly forgotten may I add.

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    Not food, but fake ingredients...


    No Evidence of Aloe Vera Found in the Aloe Vera at Wal-Mart, CVS

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl...t-wal-mart-cvs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    Cheese slices, I'm thinking calling it cheese is a big stretch. There is an artificial crab you can buy. It comes in like a block form. It's actually not bad but it's artificial (just forgot the name of it). Tinned mushrooms, horrible and should not be sold that way.
    Another issue now is all this 'organic' stuff in the market place. It seems everything has an organic brand now. Wonder how much of it is actually 'organic'.
    You'll love this one:

    The Parmesan Cheese You Sprinkle on Your Penne Could Be Wood
    Some brands promising 100 percent purity contained no Parmesan at all.
    by Lydia Mulvany, Feb 16, 2016
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-could-be-wood





    Parmesan Fraudster May Get Food Pantry Time Instead of Jail
    by Lydia Mulvany, Oct 5, 2016
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...nstead-of-jail



    "substitute cheeses" and "blends"


    Father-daughter duo focuses on future growth of Castle Cheese
    December 17, 2010
    http://www.cheesemarketnews.com/arti...rw17dec10.html



    Cheese Executive Sentenced to Food Bank for Fake Parmesan
    Jen Skerritt and Lydia Mulvany, Oct 11, 2016 Updated Oct 12, 2016

    Agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Internal Revenue Service raided company facilities in January 2013 after getting a tip about the fake cheese from a former employee. Afterward, the company used real ingredients, causing profits to plunge, according to court documents. Castle Cheese is now in bankruptcy proceedings.

    False-label claims in 100 percent grated Parmesan products are a problem in the U.S., with some companies looking to save money by using filler such as cellulose, an anti-clumping additive derived from wood pulp, Bloomberg News reported in a Feb. 16 article. In a test of 100 percent grated Parmesan brands by an independent lab, Bloomberg News found cellulose levels of as much as 8.8 percent.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-fake-parmesan
    Last edited by KC; 22-11-2016 at 09:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    There is an artificial crab you can buy. It comes in like a block form. It's actually not bad but it's artificial (just forgot the name of it).
    Pollocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    There is an artificial crab you can buy. It comes in like a block form. It's actually not bad but it's artificial (just forgot the name of it).
    Pollocks.
    It's not actually artificial, they call it "imitation" and it's made with Pollock fish like Howie has mentioned.

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