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Mayo Clinic on food fraud – Do you know what you are eating?

Here’s a subject on which I must confess almost total ignorance. The Mayo Clinic blog, however, enumerates a disturbing situation.

Despite of all kinds of regulations and inspections, food fraud exists. Food fraud can defined as the intentional addition of improper or inferior ingredients to a food, often for economic gain.

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Not all food frauds are as easy to spot as this one.

Food fraud has been around throughout history. Highly sought after spices were with filled with ground up seeds; milk was been diluted with water and chalk. The medical journal “The Lancet” reported in 1851 that swindlers were selling tea that was made from elm, oak and beech leaves, and contaminated with lead. Continue reading

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