Study: Food Fraud Can Cost US $10 Billion Every Year

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (CBDC) – What people think they are putting in their body might not be so.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is required to label all food accurately but researchers say that the FDA does not have good enough enforcement measures to do so.

A new study put out by the National Center for Food Protection and Defense finds that food labels are mislabeled, diluted, or misrepresented.

According to KSL-TV, some of the biggest violators are olive oil, honey, fish products, and fruit juices. The NCFPD told the station that “when juice is labeled as fresh squeezed, it may really be made from concentrate.”

“In some cases, pomegranate juice has been found to be nothing more than water, citric acid, and red food coloring,” Shaun Kennedy from the National Center for Food Protection and Defense told KSL-TV.

“In the end, just as with any problem with food, if there’s a problem, it’s the consumer who pays, either a higher price or through illness,” Kennedy told the station.

Researchers say that food fraud can cost the U.S. at least $10 billion every year.

They recommend the best way for consumers to stop being fooled is to shop for trusted and well-known brands.

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