Food Safety Endangered Worldwide by Increased Food Counterfeiting

With food counterfeiting on the rise, American food safety comes into question. Companies must know their entire supply chain to avoid becoming victims of food counterfeiting. Food Safety News provides a look into this new epidemic.

| November 20, 2012

This article is posted with permission from Food Safety News.

Were it not for all the insects that other tenants of a private warehouse were pretty sure were coming from a neighboring space, phony “Heinz” ketchup might now be on its way to unsuspecting consumers. Fraudulent “Heinz” ketchup, probably intended for the world market, is but one example of “counterfeit food.” Around the world, there are plenty of people who are willing to substitute some high value brand or product with something inferior.

In the Czech Republic recently, methanol put in alcohol resulted in 30 deaths.

Some fear higher world food prices are making food counterfeiting the next big global trend. Counterfeit food is a way to steal millions and put food safety at extreme risk.

Obviously, anyone willing to rip off valued brands or products to manufacture counterfeit food outside of the regulations of any country does not give a rip about food safety.

Interpol Police have recently turned up candy bars, fish, cheese, and tomato sauce—all phony—foods that could have ended up in the U.S.

Edward Rule
11/23/2012 9:00:36 PM

I swear I bought some beef jerky that was dried fish. When I looked at the package info I saw it was a product from S. America. And then, several days later, I was watching a nature show (maybe Nat. Geo or PBS) and in it they were talking about a fish in the Amazon that is abundant, easily caught, and often sold as beef. Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure I remember where I bought it, and the brand. I'll check to see if they carry it still and I'll report them ASAP.

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