The known unknown: Inside Australia’s $3 billion food fraud puzzle

Food fraud costs the world economy $50 billion every year — $3 billion just in Australia. Fraudulent practises include concealment, substitution, dilution, adulteration, and, most often, mislabelling. Due to customers’ high confidence in food brands, requests for stricter regulation have been made, with little result. Even after the 2008 infant formula scandal, where eight babies died from liver damage, little has been done to ensure better oversight. In the meantime, purchasing locally can help mitigate risks. “A shorter supply chain means less exposure to altered food or labelling.” Read full article here


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