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Olive oil, milk, honey, saffron, orange juice, coffee, and apple juice are the ingredients on your supermarket shelf that are most likely to be fakes, according to an analysis of the country’s first public database of food fraud, published in the Journal of Food Science.
To address growing concerns over the incidents of food fraud in this country, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention created the food-fraud database by compiling information from scholarly research and media reports.
The database is open to anyone who wants to browse ingredients that are particularly susceptible to fraud or have been tampered with in the past for economic gain. It might be nice to know that the extra-virgin olive oil that we’re paying so much for is half hazelnut oil, and the swordfish we order might actually be shark, before we spend money on these ingredients.