U.S. Pharmacoepeial Convention is a non-profit group of detectives who have been discovering fake ingredients in food products. The database was released Wednesday:
Common foods that they are finding to be altered are:
- Olive oil: often diluted with cheaper oils
- Lemon juice: cheapened with water and sugar
- Tea: diluted with fillers like lawn grass or fern leaves
- Spices: like paprika or saffron adulterated with dangerous food colorings that mimic the colors
What are the big issues with foods being misrepresented on the labels? Number one problem I see is that people with food allergies are trusting that the ingredients are represented correctly and make decisions accordingly. My nephew has a severe peanut allergy and I know my sister spends a lot of time reading labels to make safe food choices for him. What do you think the biggest issue is?