Vancouver scientist lauded for catching food cheats

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In a world full of food fraud, the paprika-dusted wild salmon you ordered off the menu might not be exactly what ends up on your plate, a UBC researcher is warning. A 2013 University of Guelph study found one-third of the fish sold in grocery stores, restaurants and sushi venues is mislabeled. In the same year scandal racked Europe after horsemeat was disguised as beef and sold in frozen meals across the continent.

Not enough effort put on monitoring food authenticity

More devastatingly, in 2008 Chinese infant formula was contaminated by plastics chemical melamine. At least six children died and nearly 300,000 people became ill. Yaxi Hu, a PhD student in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia: “Our government is for sure doing a very good job to avoid a safety issue. At the same time the amount of effort put on monitoring food authenticity is relatively small.”

Read more about food fraud at CBC News.

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.