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Food Fraud: What is on Your Plate?

February 11 2013

Food Fraud: What is on Your Plate?
By: Debra Meszaros
Body Performance Coach

There has never been a time in history more important than now, to raise your own awareness about the food you decide to consume each day. Unfortunately the days of knowing your local farmer have been replaced with corporate supermarkets. We are left to trust what we read on the labels that accompany our food. But should we be?

In the past year alone, reports have surfaced about many common practices of modern food manufacturing. How can a fast food burger be left out for a decade and not decompose? Why does a McRib pork sandwich contain 70 different questionable ingredients and its meat portion consist of restructured meat? Is the meat you have chosen to purchase at the grocery store held together by “meat glue”? Does your child’s school lunch contain a combination of ground up beef scraps and some connective tissue mixed with an ammonia solution, a/k/a “pink slime?" Did you miss the full page ads that a supermarket chain ran in national newspapers apologizing for selling hamburgers that contained 30% horsemeat? Supporting that dollar menu at many local establishments may be doing more damage than you think. With each dollar you spend, are you supporting food fraud?

When you deliberately substitute, add, tamper or misrepresent food, its ingredients, or packaging, or make false or misleading statements about a product for economic gain, you are committing food fraud. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) reports 800 new reports of food fraud over the last two years. At this rate, wholesome food may be very hard to come by in the near future.

Where can we find a solution? Could it be right in our back yards?

Getting back to the basics is the way to preserve our food safety and our health. Small family farms still exist in our area, and those that respect the laws of nature are helping to preserve a healthy food chain. Local farming is very important to all of us. Buying from smaller community farms with free-range animals that are organically fed, removes you from possibly being a victim of food fraud and unwanted food contamination. Look for signs in your local supermarket for local products. Understand that contamination is mostly found in products raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs); so research the brands you buy and keep a sharp eye out for that local farm stand. Stop in and buy some wholesome food, and don’t forget to say “Thank you."

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