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´Food fraud´ a growing
problem in grocery stores

KHOU (Houston), by King5

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Posted By:drive, 12/20/2013 4:57:15 PM

If you are what you eat, you could be having an identity crisis. Foods we eat every day could include ingredients that aren´t supposed to be the there. It´s called "food fraud" and its a growing problem. Fish, honey, milk, orange juice, and olive oil - what do they all have in common? They top the list when it comes to food fraud. Cheap imitations are filling up grocery store shelves. "One of the ways that happens is by substituting one ingredient for another. It´s hard for consumers," said Dr. Mark Stoeckle, a Senior Research Associate in the Program for

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/20/2013 5:10:40 PM     (No. 9662172)

I have been careful as can be for years now. Once you realize the Dept of Agriculture is protecting business NOT the consumer you simply shop differently. There is good advice in the article. Congress allows regulations to have loopholes one can drive a truck through so we are on our own in the grocery store.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Ribicon, 12/20/2013 5:31:18 PM     (No. 9662186)

There was a move some 10 years ago to require country-of-origin labeling on food products, but this was voted down by the grand old party of ethanol and curly light bulbs.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 12/20/2013 6:40:58 PM     (No. 9662259)

OMG.. Food has nano particles of this and that and is not pure as the wind driven snow .... You try not eat the yellow stuff .. But fer gawd´s sake don´t think your body is a temple that will only function with perfect fuel . You are a pile of bugs , parasites and just old normal not wonderful unicorn dust .. Plaintiff´s lawyers rule and you are being manipulated to want perfection on earth .. Unless someone gets paid for the God given human condition .. Grow up .

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 12/20/2013 7:10:52 PM     (No. 9662278)

Here some news for ignorant but trendy. The buy local advise is garbage. I see a lot of stuff labelled local that can´t be because it is way out of season. Cold frames may be able to add a couple of weeks at each end of the growing season but use some sense. If the garden section at the local Wal-mart just got their tomato plants in last week those probably aren´t local tomatoes for sale at the All Glory to Gaia food market unless they mean a local hot house.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 12/20/2013 8:05:58 PM     (No. 9662323)

Of course you´re right, #3 - and most of us would recoil if we knew what percentage of insect parts are ALLOWED to be in our coffee grounds. And it´s okay that insect parts are not listed as an ingredient on the can. What we object to is calling Vietnam fish Catfish, when that´s not what it is. Or calling honey mixed with corn syrup as pure honey, and not listing the corn syrup. Etcetera. We are fairly smart people, we just want to know the facts of what we are purchasing. If I want cheap honey, maybe the corn syrup blend is ok, but I need facts to make a proper choice. And I also want to know from what country the product comes from.

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