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Food Fraud: What Are You Really Eating?

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  • The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention's (USP) Food Fraud Database contains more than 1,300 records of food fraud published from 1980 to 2010
  • A recent update, which added in cases from 2011 and 2012, increased the number of records by 60 percent, or nearly 800 new records, and includes some foods you may eat everyday, like olive oil, honey, fish and orange juice
  • Food fraud, in which foods are intentionally diluted with other ingredients or misrepresented on the label, is common among milk, spices, fruit juice, seafood and oils
  • Whole, unprocessed foods – ideally purchased from a local farmer, farmer’s market or food coop – are those that will be best for your health as well as least vulnerable to fraud

By Dr. Mercola

When you order sushi at your favorite restaurant or pick up a pound of coffee from your local supermarket, you assume you're getting the red snapper or Columbian beans as stated on the menu or label.

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