Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics

Richard Evershed Nicola Temple June 11, 2019

Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics Richard Evershed Nicola Temple Horse meat in our burgers, melamine in our infant formula, artificial colors in our fish and fruit as our urban lifestyle takes us farther away from our food sources, there are increasing opportunities for dishonesty, duplicity, and profit making shortcuts Food adulteration, motivated by money, is an issue that has spanned the globe throughout human history Whether it sHorse meat in our burgers, melamine in our infant formula, artificial colors in our fish and fruit as our urban lifestyle takes us farther away from our food sources, there are increasing opportunities for dishonesty, duplicity, and profit making shortcuts Food adulteration, motivated by money, is an issue that has spanned the globe throughout human history Whether it s a matter of making a good quality oil stretch a bit further by adding a little extra something or labeling a food falsely to appeal to current consumer trends it s all food fraud Consumers may pay the ultimate costs for these crimes, with their health and, in some cases, their lives So how do we sort the beef from the bull or horse, as the case may be Illustrious analytical chemist Richard Evershed and science writer Nicola Temple explain the scientific tools and techniques that have revealed the century s biggest food fraud scams They explore the arms race between scientists and adulterators as better techniques for detection spur creative and sophisticated means of adulteration, and review the up and coming techniques and devices that will help the industry and consumers fight food fraud in the future Engagingly written, SORTING THE BEEF FROM THE BULL lifts the lid on the forensics involved, and brings to light the full story of a fascinating and underreported world of applied science.

Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics Richard Evershed Nicola Temple

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