Which Fake Foods are in Your Shopping Cart?

February 19, 2013 · 14 comments

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It’s no surprise that this kind of deceit is on the rise.  We’re all used to the mainstream food industry letting us down.  Here’s an excerpt from an article on the topic:

If you are what you eat, you might be having an identity crisis…

The new records show that the most commonly fraudulent products are olive oil, milk, saffron, honey and coffee.

Tea, fish, clouding agents (used in fruit juices, like lemon, to make products look freshly squeezed), maple syrup and spices (turmeric, black pepper and chili pepper) were also top imposters.

Read the whole article here:

Faux pas! Food fraud on the rise

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    1 Naomi Williams February 19, 2013 at 7:29 am

    When the honey scandal broke, I was scanning the internet for articles about a reliable source (assuming there is no access to a local producer). A consumer group tested every different kind/brand of honey from Walmart, Costco, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market and a few other chains; I remember those stores specifically because I sometimes shop at them. The only store that got a 100% score on selling honey that was actually nothing but honey was Trader Joe’s. I think Costco was the next highest score, but I’m not sure about that. (Sorry I don’t have a link; this was about a year ago.)


    2 Jill February 19, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Can I just say that I am so happy to see the mainstream media picking up on this! It shows some progress!


    3 Sue E February 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Thanks, Kel! This is very interesting. Usually I stay away from mainstream news on many levels, but this link is good because it educates the whole and those who only listen to mainstream news. Sometimes people see this as more credible, even though in many instances it isn’t! Something to think about, certainly, especially for those who only buy their items from stores and can’t or don’t get them from other, alternative sources, such as local farmers.
    Sue E.


    4 Lori February 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

    How is coffee fake? I didn’t see that.


    5 leigh February 19, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Can someone explain to me the fake honey? Not to be snarky, I’m genuinely curious. I’ve just been buying the store brand for my hot tea kick I’m on lately. Perhaps even THAT’S fake! Yikes! I do the same w/ my maple syrup. There’s only 2 selections on the shelf and my head’s spinning to the point where I don’t even trust the ‘organic’ label, so why bother?

    The only honey farmer I know in town had a slow year last year. I should have forked over the cash and bought him out at the beginning of the seaon!


    6 Suzi February 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Leigh, they make “fake” honey using high fructose corn syrup, often GMO. Be sure to read the labels, because it will say what’s in it, and it *may* contain some honey and some of the other identity-crisis-inducing fake stuff.
    Our local bee keepers had a bad year last year, too. Very dry and lots of fires around the state kept the little buzzers from their usual duties. Very sad. I bulk ordered some from a local co-op and got a 4-gallon pail from Nebraska… not quite local (which I do for the allergies, so I save for the local stuff, for which I have a couple resources), but a little less expensive, and is what I use for baking, etc when the allergies aren’t kickin’.


    7 %kelly the kitchen kop% via Facebook February 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

    What Olive Oil options are there? Anything good from Costco?


    8 %kelly the kitchen kop% via Facebook February 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Do you think Organic Fair Trade Coffee is good?


    9 %kelly the kitchen kop% via Facebook February 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve heard that if you put your olive oil in the refrig and it turns solid then its pure


    10 %kelly the kitchen kop% via Facebook February 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    https://www.baycitizen.org/news/food/great-extra-olive-oil-hoax-your-extra-so/ According to this, Lynette, Kirkland olive oil was the only one that passed the pure test! Just a quick Google came up with this–I haven’t investigated further yet


    11 IC February 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    it was the kirkland ORGANIC that passed – sometimes that isn’t clear.


    12 AmandaonMaui February 20, 2013 at 2:29 am

    I used to buy the Kirkland Organic, but I’ve been buying a more expensive one from Whole Foods and the flavor difference is amazing! I’m only using it for non-heating applications which makes it last longer. I even pour it over steamed potatoes. It’s called Lapas and is from Greece.


    13 Peggy February 20, 2013 at 10:44 am

    My farmer didn’t have any cream this week and I wanted to sour some, so I figured…just this once I’d settle for storebought. Couldn’t do it. Not ONE was just cream. Forget that they were all ultra-pasteurized, they all had five ingredients or MORE! It’s crazy the “food” that isn’t what we think it is. I know this is slightly off topic, but it’s just this week’s adventures at the store!


    14 KitchenKop February 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I know! The ultra-pasteurized stuff is just FREAKY.



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