This could be unsettling for consumers who rely on the nutritional labels that companies place on their products. ABC News is reporting, “In a new database to be released Wednesday, USP warns consumers, the FDA and manufacturers that the amount of food fraud they found is up by 60 percent this year.”
USP, according to their website, "is a voluntary testing and auditing program that helps dietary supplement manufacturers ensure the production of quality products for consumers."
Markus Lipp, senior director for Food Standards for the independent label in Maryland told ABC News that, "Pomegranate juice is a high-value ingredient and a high-priced ingredient, and adulteration appears to be widespread.” He also stated there have been reports of completely "synthetic pomegranate juice" that didn't contain any traces of the real juice.
Another startling food fraud report suggested that the tuna in sushi rolls may not be tuna, but a fish called escolar. Escolar can cause stomach problems and is being mislabeled as tuna or albacore.
Finding out these tidbits of information, or food fraud, is hard to digest, so if you’re in the market for a new juicer, now is a good time to search online for one. Or you can find a juicer at one of these fine stores:
Bed Bath & Beyond
2130 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill
2000 New Jersey 38, Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill
If you prefer to make your own sushi rolls at home, attached is an instructional video to get you started.
Who else will be looking forward to what USP will uncover about some of the favorite products we consume?