Food fraud: 6 of the most commonly faked products and how to avoid them

If you’re a smart shopper you may always be on the lookout for counterfeit bags, shoes and watches when heading to the mall. But what about having to watch out for fraud in the grocery store?

 

Canadian consumers are growing increasingly concerned about food fraud and whether they are eating what they pay for, according to a 2017 study by Dalhousie University. Whether it’s fake fish, adulterated olive oil or diluted coffee beans, 40 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they believe they have fallen victim to food fraud. “Food fraud has always been around but we have just started to look more proactively,” Sylvain Charlebois, a food industry expert at Dalhousie University said

 

He said companies and individuals have “economic motivations” to sell counterfeit food as there is a lack of traceability, especially when it comes to liquid and powder products, like oils and spices. But there is good news; there are ways to sift through the fake and find the authentic foods. Here is a list of the top fake foods and how to spot them.


Olive oil


Olive oil isn’t the worst type of food fraud out there, but it’s an easy one to figure out, according to fake food expert Larry Olmsted. Olive oil can be tampered with in many ways, such as diluting the real thing with less expensive oils (like soybean or sunflower) or diluting high-quality olive oil with low quality.

One reason the oil is faked is that it’s ....

 

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Source: Global News