Food Fraud is on the Rise

I visited Vietnam some years back, and wanted to export coffee, I was offered great deals, and Vietnamese coffee is awsome, different in only positive ways. My problem was that I wanted an organic product, and I was offered organic documentation for any product I would have purchased. If the products were really organic, was never an issue for the suppliers.

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

A new study on food fraud was released Wednesday morning by U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), a scientific nonprofit organization that helps set standards for the “quality, safety and benefit” of foods and medicines. The group runs a searchable online database of food fraud reports at and nearly 800 new records were added as part of the study – a 60% increase from last year.

Food fraud, as defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is the adulteration, dilution or mislabeling of goods. USP further defines food fraud in the study as “the fraudulent addition of nonauthentic substances or removal or replacement of authentic substances without the purchaser’s knowledge for economic gain to the seller.””


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