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Don't Be A Victim of Food Fraud  

sexyldy1000 60F  
7358 posts
9/1/2020 11:59 am
Don't Be A Victim of Food Fraud

Food fraud is something I hadn’t really thought about. However, is rampant in Canada and internationally and is estimated “it.” costs the<b> food </font></b>industry between "10 and 15." billion dollars annually!

Below are some of the most commonly faked products and how “to.” make sure they aren't what you are buying:

Honey

Since honey is more expensive “to.” produce, some manufacturers use high-fructose corn syrup to dilute pure honey. But sweeteners all have different glycolic indexes, making altered honey a risk if you’re monitoring your blood sugar. The best thing is "to." buy pure honey is at a farmers’ market or from a grocery store that stocks local, independent honey makers.

Fish

A University of Guelph study found as many as "32." percent of fish sold in Ontario were mislabelled. The cause can vary from trying to. sell cheaper fish as more expensive types "to." inconsistent labelling regulations and oversight . Try buying from a seafood counter or fish market. And buy whole fish whenever possible. (Yes, heads and all!)

Olive Oil

Olive oil can be mislabeled. Some say “product of Italy” when the product was imported through Italy or bottled . Another problem is that “it.” may have been diluted with cheaper oils, such as canola or peanut, but sold as pure olive oil. Price awareness will help you identify the real stuff: a 500ml bottle of pure olive oil should cost no less than "$15."

Grated Parmesan Cheese

In 2016, Kraft Foods came under fire after was discovered their pre-grated parmesan, contained wood pulp! Any parmesan cheese without a distinctive protected designation of origin label, is not technically real parm; it can be produced in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. That said, many cheesemakers produce their own parmesan-like offerings without that PDO label. Buy those if you aren’t looking for pure authenticity.


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/1/2020 12:04 pm

I will admit I have been tripped up by buying those bottles of "Grated Parmesan Cheese" because of the lower price and convenience.
How well do you read food labels? Have you been fooled by food fraud?


Paulxx001 63M
17363 posts
9/1/2020 12:28 pm

Reeeelee... Damn! ❗
I wonder how many times I've been scammed and didn't even know it. 🤔
Who knew? I hope it's not trusted brands. THAT would be interesting to find out. 😮


1seeking1 55F
3327 posts
9/1/2020 12:46 pm

I have reading labels for over 39 years. Has been going on for long time and seems to be getting worse. Honeybees populations have been on decline for a while yeat most stores, have shelves full. To me the taste was off. Yes buying local honey, oh there is the taste I am familiar with. I wish our government would have better, stricter controls on what is in food, and on label. Prepared for does not tell origin of product. There is a way you can tell from UPC code, sadly I no longer remember. Buyer beware....


redrockrascal 62M
21950 posts
9/1/2020 1:43 pm

It seems like now a daze there are a lot of fraudulent (in the broadest sense of the word) items and other things around. And governments pretend like they are doing something when in reality they are part of the problem.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.


Tmptrzz 58F
89666 posts
9/1/2020 1:59 pm

Thanks for the heads up about this I had no idea, such great information as I use many of these in my cooking. I hope your enjoying a terrific Tuesday..

Just your average every day run of the mill nana here!!!


CharlesD6996 50M  
296 posts
9/1/2020 2:19 pm

Fish fraud is a real thing, especially in restaurants. Because a lot of the desired species have been fished a lot, a lot of places will sell other species in their place. Be especially careful of tuna, because it is commonly substituted with escolar, which can give you intestinal distress (read diarrhea and vomiting).

I actually like Orange Roughy, but probably wouldn't have tried it had I known it's actual name; slimehead.

All the best,

Post Me


LQQKIN4BJS 62M
36 posts
9/1/2020 2:45 pm

Grated Parmesan Cheese

What!

Parmesan comes from 2 places, so you have Parmesan Padano or Parmesan Reggiano. But everyone knows you only eat Reggiano, That's why it cost $ 25 to $ 37 a kilo.


ULIXBIG 66M
8743 posts
9/1/2020 3:31 pm

Thanks for the warning. I buy my honey always directly from the "bee shop".


resant78 42M  
2861 posts
9/1/2020 5:56 pm

not to sound pedantic, but I usually get most of these from the Farmer's Market.

I would get the olive oil from an actual Italian family, the matriarch barely speaks English and I love it!


mc_justmc 60M  
6723 posts
9/1/2020 7:33 pm

I'm not sure if I've been fooled or not, but the deli shredded parmesan is really good either way.


MrRareity 60M  
4069 posts
9/1/2020 10:44 pm

I knew about honey looks like I need to read the labels before buying. I do buy my fish over the counter so I'm not worried there. Thank you again! I hope you had a good day

We have two lives, and the second begins when we realise we have only one - Confucious


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 4:23 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    Reeeelee... Damn! ❗
    I wonder how many times I've been scammed and didn't even know it. 🤔
    Who knew? I hope it's not trusted brands. THAT would be interesting to find out. 😮
Yep - who knew? Kraft is one of the "trusted" brands - specifically the grated parmesan cheese.


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 4:26 am

    Quoting 1seeking1:
    I have reading labels for over 39 years. Has been going on for long time and seems to be getting worse. Honeybees populations have been on decline for a while yeat most stores, have shelves full. To me the taste was off. Yes buying local honey, oh there is the taste I am familiar with. I wish our government would have better, stricter controls on what is in food, and on label. Prepared for does not tell origin of product. There is a way you can tell from UPC code, sadly I no longer remember. Buyer beware....
The disappearing honeybees are a legitimate concern that's been reported about for a number of years. Label reading is something we all should be doing. And you are right...buyer beware!


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 4:27 am

    Quoting redrockrascal:
    It seems like now a daze there are a lot of fraudulent (in the broadest sense of the word) items and other things around. And governments pretend like they are doing something when in reality they are part of the problem.
Agree - the government definitely has a role in all of the "fraudulent" practices.


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 4:28 am

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    Thanks for the heads up about this I had no idea, such great information as I use many of these in my cooking. I hope your enjoying a terrific Tuesday..
Always happy to pass along interesting information that applies to our everyday lives. My Raptors and Blue Jays both lost so wasn't very happy


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 4:30 am

    Quoting CharlesD6996:
    Fish fraud is a real thing, especially in restaurants. Because a lot of the desired species have been fished a lot, a lot of places will sell other species in their place. Be especially careful of tuna, because it is commonly substituted with escolar, which can give you intestinal distress (read diarrhea and vomiting).

    I actually like Orange Roughy, but probably wouldn't have tried it had I known it's actual name; slimehead.
Thanks for the "heads" up about tuna. I have liked and tried Orange Roughy too but agree I wouldn't have tried it either if I knew the scientific name for it - sounds too yucky


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 4:33 am

    Quoting LQQKIN4BJS:
    Grated Parmesan Cheese

    What!

    Parmesan comes from 2 places, so you have Parmesan Padano or Parmesan Reggiano. But everyone knows you only eat Reggiano, That's why it cost $ 25 to $ 37 a kilo.
Oh, I wasn't referring to the type you buy fresh over-the-counter. The "real" stuff is always more expensive


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 4:34 am

    Quoting ULIXBIG:
    Thanks for the warning. I buy my honey always directly from the "bee shop".

It's great that you have that option - not all of us do


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 4:36 am

    Quoting resant78:
    not to sound pedantic, but I usually get most of these from the Farmer's Market.

    I would get the olive oil from an actual Italian family, the matriarch barely speaks English and I love it!
It's great that you have that option. For many, Farmer's Markets are not easily accessible. I would also buy red wine from an Italian family if it was available


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 4:43 am

    Quoting mc_justmc:
    I'm not sure if I've been fooled or not, but the deli shredded parmesan is really good either way.
If you are buying it freshly grated at the deli counter, you should be getting the "real deal". You could always ask to see the label to find out if it is the PDO one.


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 4:44 am

    Quoting MrRareity:
    I knew about honey looks like I need to read the labels before buying. I do buy my fish over the counter so I'm not worried there. Thank you again! I hope you had a good day
No doubt most of us could do better at reading labels


Solfan55 65M  
475 posts
9/2/2020 6:50 am

Fake crab meat is another one sexyldy. Buy honey from a farmers market if you can. The same can be said for maple syrup. Be aware of the fact that not all maple syrup is pure. There's a religious sect here in Ontario that often adds brown sugar to speed up production.


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 7:43 am

    Quoting Solfan55:
    Fake crab meat is another one sexyldy. Buy honey from a farmers market if you can. The same can be said for maple syrup. Be aware of the fact that not all maple syrup is pure. There's a religious sect here in Ontario that often adds brown sugar to speed up production.
OMG... fake crab 🦀 has to be one of the worst! Label reading and asking the right questions is something we all should practice.


proteus_2a 55M
7930 posts
9/2/2020 8:41 am

This kind of fraud is too common all over the world my lady

Farmers's markets and known producers are the solution nowadays
- and even then, through trial and error

Cheers - P


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/2/2020 10:11 am

    Quoting proteus_2a:
    This kind of fraud is too common all over the world my lady

    Farmers's markets and known producers are the solution nowadays
    - and even then, through trial and error

    Cheers - P
Yes, it certainly is and I had no idea how big the financial impact is to the food industry.


trixietrixster 53F  
2611 posts
9/5/2020 7:26 am

I read ALL labels - Celiac Disease. Processed foods are the worse, alongside of fast food. The oil they use the same oil for fries all day, if not multiple ones. Food manufactures count on the consumer being stupid ... we should be showing them we aren't! Enjoyed reading - thank you!

In Luv, Lite, Laffter ...


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
9/5/2020 10:26 am

    Quoting trixietrixster:
    I read ALL labels - Celiac Disease. Processed foods are the worse, alongside of fast food. The oil they use the same oil for fries all day, if not multiple ones. Food manufactures count on the consumer being stupid ... we should be showing them we aren't! Enjoyed reading - thank you!
Wow - I certainly can understand how important it is for you to read labels. Processed foods are filled with chemicals and the long-term effects on our health have been well-documented. Personally, I have found an increased intolerance for fast foods and agree, the oil is probably the main culprit.


tablesexisbest 45M
652 posts
11/6/2020 3:04 am

Oh I like the honey fact, kept wondering why, did assume it was some sort of processing mix


sexyldy1000 60F  
7160 posts
11/6/2020 4:02 am

    Quoting tablesexisbest:
    Oh I like the honey fact, kept wondering why, did assume it was some sort of processing mix
Glad you stopped by and learned something knew. Perhaps you will again.


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