Washington Post Article on “Food Fraud”

The Washington Post published an article today on “food fraud”, that is, the act of misrepresenting the contents of a food product.  Examples given in the article include “pure” honey with additives, cheaper fish repackaged and sold as more expensive fish, artisinally made cheeses produced from cow’s milk.

The article should cause alarm among food consumers.  It’s unbelievable to me that people can misrepresent the contents of food products and get away with it.  Considering the large number of consumers with food allergies, it seems obvious to me that these dupes in food production put many consumers at risk.

Not to mention the fact that folks engaged in this act must be morally unconcerned with lying if profit is at stake…

Add that to the fact that, according to the article, the FDA is only able to inspect 2% of imported foods.  Wowzer.

Check it out here.

To me, this is an excellent argument for participating in local food co-ops such as Off the Vine.  Tess works hard to deliver high-quality products that are delicious, fresh, and responsibly produced.  When you choose food from us, you can be sure you’re getting the real thing–and if you don’t like what you’re getting, pass those comments along, because our goal is to give you the best food possible.


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