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How Do Scientists Determine If the Food You Eat Is Real?

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Brendon Dwelle
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The amount of fake food you eat annually is probably higher than you would like.

And no, we re not talking about food made from plastic.

This is especially true if you eat foods such as cheese or olive oil, as suggested in a new video released by the American Chemical Society, which documents the ways fake food gets past the experts whose job it is to make sure your food is safe to eat.

The US Food and Drug Administration FDA recently found that several US sellers of Parmesan cheese weren t being entirely truthful in advertising products.

Castle Cheese Inc., for instance, was found to not be selling 100 per cent Parmesan cheese, as it stated, but rather mixing it in with substitutes such as lower cost cheeses and, more alarmingly, cellulose, an anti-clumping agent made from wood pulp.

Olive oil can also fall victim to food fraud because it s more valuable than other vegetable oils, and because it s easy to fake if you just supplement the mixture with cheaper products.

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