Food Fraud and Adul­ter­ation

Don't be cheated by these mal­prac­tices

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Whether it's adul­ter­ated olive oil, ash in pep­per, chalk in flour, or di­luted cof­fee beans, food fraud and adul­ter­ation are in­creas­ingly a re­al­ity of our lives. In fact, com­monly con­sumed food items such as dal, rice, spices, oil, but­ter and ghee are of­ten tar­geted by fraud­sters. Con­sump­tion of such food items over a long term can have se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions on one's health. Don't lose heart, though. There are ways to sift through the fake and the adul­ter­ated, and find the au­then­tic foods, pro­vided you are equipped with the ba­sic in­for­ma­tion and know your to-dos. The fol­low­ing write-up will shed light on as­pects re­lated to this sub­ject and while at it, give you some handy tips to help you iden­tify the fake stuff. tam­per­ing, or mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of food, food in­gre­di­ents, or food pack­ag­ing; or false or mis­lead­ing state­ments made about a prod­uct, for eco­nomic gain.’

The Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) de­fines an­other term as­so­ci­ated with food fraud­u­lence – that is, eco­nom­i­cally mo­ti­vated adul­ter­ation. It is

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