Cases of food fraud are rising.
Food fraud may be more common than you think.
According to a new study by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, cases of food fraud have drastically increased since last year.
The organization describes food fraud, stating that it‘s the "the fraudulent addition of non-authentic substances or removal or replacement of authentic substances without the purchaser's knowledge for economic gain to the seller.”
According to U.S. Pharacopeial Convention's database of food fraud reports, nearly 800 new records were reported this year, a 60% increase from the previous year.
The most common altered food products are milk, spices, maple syrup, honey, olive oil and coffee. The items are frequently watered down or mixed with cheap spices to cut the cost of the seller. Authorities with the organization urge consumers to buy whole foods instead of pre-packaged and to purchase from reputable brands.
When it comes to organic food, the industry is booming. However some companies label the products as natural when that may not be entirely accurate.