The 7 Most Common Food Frauds

“The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.” ~ Mark Twain
New research reveals food ingredients most prone to fraudulent economically motivated adulteration
Olive oil, milk and honey represent some of the most vulnerable ingredients
USP Food Fraud Database

(1)   Olive Oil
Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil –
Tom Mueller

Tom Mueller, the author of Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, explains why Olive Oil fraud is so prevalent, the different forms that it takes, and how you can avoid inferior extra virgin olive oil.

It’s a bit disturbing to think about that a lot of the extra virgin olive oil you consume is contaminated with deodorants and other, non-olive oils. The Food Fraud Database lists adulterants such as corn oil, hazelnut oil and palm oil.

For more information, go to


(2)   Milk
After all the tainted milk scares in China, it’s no surprise that milk is at the top of the food fraud list. Adulterants include whey, bovine milk protein, melamine and cane sugar.
Genetically engineered hormones used by dairy industry promote cancer
90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine; FDA Abruptly Declares Chemical Safe for Babies


(3)   Honey
One third of honey in the U.S. is potentially tainted. That means high-fructose corn syrup, glucose, fructose and more.
Shock finding: More than 75 percent of all ‘honey’ sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all, by definition

(4)   Saffron
Perhaps it’s no surprise that saffron is often adulterated, given that it is the most expensive spice in the world. The Food Fraud Database lists sandlewood dust, starch, yellow dye and gelatin threads as some of the contaminants.
(5)   Orange Juice
Orange juice has been in the news a lot lately after the fungicide scare. Fungicide might be the tip of the iceberg though — apparently it can also contain grapefruit juice, marigold flower extract, corn sugar and paprika extract.
The Consumerist: The Flavor Of Your OJ Is A Chemically-Induced Mirage
Fungicide Scare: U.S. FDA tests threaten Brazil orange juice
(6)   Coffee
How do you take your coffee? We’re guessing probably without chicory, roasted corn, caramel, malt, glucose, leguminous plants and maltodextrins.
(7)   Apple Juice
Once we learned that there might be arsenic in apple juice, we realized that no food ingredient is safe. Although the arsenic might have been blown out of proportion, there are several other common contaminants in everyone’s favorite juice box. These include: high-fructose corn syrup, raisin sweetener and synthetic malic acid.
Arsenic In The Apple Juice
September 14, 2011 – Dr. Oz says he discovered elevated levels of arsenic in some apple juice brands, but the FDA disputes the findings.

Dr. Besser challenges Dr. Oz’s claim of finding arsenic in the popular beverage.

Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead Found in Commercial Apple and Grape Juice

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Study: Olive Oil, Milk and Honey Most Vulnerable Ingredients to Adulteration
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