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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:51 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Group Finds More Fake Ingredients in Popular Foods

It's what we expect as shoppers—what's in the food will be displayed on the label.

But a new scientific examination by the non-profit food fraud detectives the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), discovered rising numbers of fake ingredients in products from olive oil to spices to fruit juice.

"Food products are not always what they purport to be," Markus Lipp, senior director for Food Standards for the independent lab in Maryland, told ABC News.

In a new database to be released Wednesday, and obtained exclusively by ABC News today, USP warns consumers, the FDA and manufacturers that the amount of food fraud they found is up by 60 percent this year.

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http://abcnews.go.com/US/exclusive-group-finds-fake-ingredients-popular-foods/story?id=18281941

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:02 AM

1. FOOD FRAUD: "food fraud they found is up by 60 percent this year"

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:05 AM

2. According to the article ...

... when the FDA finds evidence of adulteration or fraud, they "issue an alert". This is obviously not adequate. The companies behind this fraud need to be severely fined, and their products should be banned.

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:17 AM

5. Agree. They should be severely fined and the people involved jailed.

Fraud should not be a slap on the wrist.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:12 AM

3. Thanks for the info!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:15 AM

4. all the food is poison

 

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:22 AM

6. Processed food is all poorly specified crap.

Buy it and cook it yourself, at least that way you know what's in it and that it didn't come from Monsanto, or Dow.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:26 AM

7. That's interesting

I was in the Supermarket the other day and for whatever reason was noting the prices of real maple syrup, which is normally quite expensive. There was one brand that was priced so much lower than the others I wondered at the time if it could even be real. Now I really wonder.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:33 AM

8. Think twice about that orange juice you're drinking. It's almost ALL artificially flavored.

Cartons/bottles of oj had always given me a stomach ache while freshly squeezed never did. After finding this out I know why.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:38 AM

9. The FDA is absolutely useless. No matter who is president.

 

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:40 AM

10. Fake "food" is all some of us can afford

 

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Response to Demo_Chris (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:42 AM

11. I disagree. The biggest obstacle to 'good food' is the inability due to time or just plain laziness

to put a couple of pans on the stove and actually 'cook something' that isn't out of a box.

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:19 PM

13. Sounds too easy. There are a lot of us that should do more, but there are millions of Americans

that dont have "good food" near to where they live. Maybe on a bus route but they would need bus fare. The stores with "good food" are not located in poor neighborhoods.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:45 AM

12. Occult GMOs are rampant and dangerous in our food - new report

Published (January 21st) in Independent Science News:

Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene In Commercial GMO Crops
by Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson

Synopsis: A scientific paper published in late 2012 shows that US and EU GMO regulators have for many years been inadvertently approving transgenic events containing an unsuspected viral gene...

...The authors of the paper, working for the European Food Safety Authority, concluded that functions of Gene VI were potential sources of harmful consequences.

They further concluded that, if expressed, the fragments of Gene VI are substantial enough for them to be functional.

This discovery has multiple ramifications for biotechnology. Foremost, there is the immediate question of GMO safety and whether the 54 events should be recalled, but secondly, the failure implicates regulators and the industry in a circle of mutual incompetence and complacency.

The discovery also strengthens the argument for GMO labeling: if regulators and industry cannnot protect the public then why should they not be allowed to protect themselves?

URL: http://independentsciencenews.org/commentaries/regulators-discover-a-hidden-viral-gene-in-commercial-gmo-crops/

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:12 PM

14. kick

 

nt

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