food fraud


‘Kiwigate’ Is France’s Latest Food Fraud Scam

Fruit producers passed Italian kiwis off as French so they could charge more per fruit and earned over $6 million in profit.


This Beekeeper Wants You to Stop Eating Counterfeit Honey

We spoke to Bee Local's Ryan LeBrun about bees, honey laundering, and the future of ethical honey harvesting in America.


This Kickstarter Campaign Could Change Commercial Fishing Forever

What if you could track the origins of your seafood minute-by-minute, from the first moment it lands on the dock?


This App Can Tell You Whether Your Olive Oil Really Is Italian

Users can scan the barcodes of “Made in Italy” products and find out whether they really are of Italian origin.


Why You Don't Realize That You're Probably Eating Endangered Fish

The problem is not simply a cheaper fish being sold as a more expensive one. Instead, fish that are disappearing from the face of the earth may be on your plate—and slipping down your gullet.


New Arrests Have Been Made in the European Horsemeat Scandal

This week, British investigators arrested three men who played a role in bringing horsemeat to market in 2012.


Photos Show Vendors in China Using 'Sewer Shrimp' to Make Street Food

Wuhan have been selling shrimp balls that are made from the most unsavory of seafood, processed in pretty much the most nauseating way possible.


Italy Is Bleaching Old Seafood to Make It Look Fresh

The EU has warned the Italian Health Ministry to stop the practice of using water and hydrogen peroxide to bleach squid, cuttlefish, and octopus.


China Is Getting High on a Drug That Looks Like Milk Tea

According to Guiyang’s public security office, the wildly vague "milk tea drugs" are a new kind of ketamine (or dissociative anesthetic) powder—but one that is packaged to look just like plain old milk tea.


Fake Maple Syrup is Ruining America’s Breakfast

"I've always said that in the third ring of hell, you'd be served fake maple syrup on your pancakes and waffles."


Cheap Parmesan Is Made From Delicious Wood Pulp

The cheese they called Parmesan was a combination of cellulose (an anti-clumping agent made from wood pulp), white cheddar, Swiss, and mozzarella.


China Has a New System for Detecting the Sketchy Additives and Dyes in Its Food

Shanghai’s food and drug watchdog has invested in a new testing system that it hopes will stem the seemingly never-ending problem of food scandals. This new “instant testing system” can detect the presence of illegal food additives.