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Reported November 13, 2013

Food Phonies! Fraud on the Rise -- Research Summary

FOOD FRAUD: Most people strive to achieve a healthy lifestyle of exercising and eating healthy, but you may not be eating as healthy as you think. Food labels at grocery stores label their food as “all natural” or “fat-free”, but this does not always mean that they are considered healthier than other foods. Food fraud is defined as a food that is composed of ingredients that are not supposed to be there and are unlabeled. The worst part about it is that consumers do not realize the change of ingredients. One of the simplest foods that is sold in grocery stores and frequently purchased is honey. Recently, Groeb Farms, one of the nation’s largest honey suppliers was caught importing cheap and adulterated honey from China. This makes us question, what are the right groceries to buy while shopping and how do we know that we are getting what we pay for? Some nutritionists will recommend that buying organic foods are the safest bet; but not all “natural” foods are phonies, and making simple changes while at the grocery store may save you from falling for phony foods. (Source: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/food-fraud-11-most-common-cases?s=1)

PHONY FOODS: Some of the foods that we typically buy are the foods that contain hidden ingredients or are flat out imposters. One way to stay away from food fraud is to find a supplier that you can trust. Be on the lookout for food fraud in these so-called “healthy” foods:

HOW TO TRACK FOOD FRAUD:  The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has created a database for reports of food fraud. This database is useful to those who are concerned about the food they buy and it will provide them with reports of recent food frauds. Within the database is a Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) that covers all of the ingredients of the food reported. The FCC is also beneficial to manufacturers to help them distinguish genuine products. In return, this will make food suppliers carry safer foods, which will give customers a piece of mind about the food they are consuming. (Source:http://www.usp.org/food-ingredients/food-chemicals-codex

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