Food Fraud: 10 Counterfeit Products We Commonly Consume

2 and red No. 40 likely indicate fake blueberries at work here. 5. Milk Fake milk being sold as the real McCoy? It seems unfeasible, but its not. Milk is one of the most commonly adulterated food items out there. A look at the FFD turns up pages of search results for milk, with a nightmarish list of adulterants. For starters: Melamine, non-authentic animal sources, formaldehyde, urea, hydrogen peroxide, machine oil, detergent, caustic soda, starch, non-potable water, cow tallow and pork lard. Gulp. 6. Fish Between sustainability issues and mercury levels, many of us are obsessively diligent about the fish we buy. So its depressing and distressing to discover that a study by Oceana from 2010 to 2012 found that 33 percent of the 1,215 samples they analyzed nationwide were mislabeled according to FDA guidelines. The samples were collected from 674 retail outlets in 21 states.

Food stamp-slashing House GOP should read up on Pope Francis

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 | Posted: 3:51 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 At food-filled Farm Aid, music isn’t only focus View Larger Neil Young, left, John Mellencamp, center, and Willie Nelson, right, talk with reporters during a news conference prior to the start of the Farm Aid 2013 concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink) Dave Matthews attends a news conference prior to the start of the Farm Aid 2013 concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink) Sponsored Links The Associated Press SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. Farm Aid is more than a family of musicians banding together to help the small farmer. It’s also a family meal. A key component of Farm Aid concerts this year’s is taking place Saturday in Saratoga Springs is the food, which comes through Farm Aid’s Homegrown Concessions. It was started six years ago to create new markets for family farmers. Vendors, which include local food-service outlets, as well as national brands such as Chipotle and Amy’s Organic, must meet Farm Aid’s criteria for sourcing the ingredients in their food, from organic flour in the panini to free-ranging, antibiotic-free hogs on the barbecue grill. Even the cotton candy has a family farm origin, made from maple syrup produced in the Catskills. “Farm Aid’s mission is about family farmers, and economic opportunity for family farmers is a really big priority of ours,” said Glenda Yoder, associate director of Farm Aid.

At food-filled Farm Aid, music isn’t only focus

Cool guy, that new pope. Wish those House Republicans would spend some time studying the interview Pope Francis gave to the Italian Jesuit journal La Civita Cattolica that was published online by America, a U.S.-based Jesuit publication. They might learn a few things about compassion, priorities and how to be real Christians. Francis thinks the church, to its detriment, is obsessed with its battles against abortion, gay marriage and contraception. The teaching of the church is clear, he said. But it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. God bless that man. But Francis didnt just rock the world with unexpected words of conciliation about those hot-button social issues, he also said the church must be less rigid and must listen to the feeling of the people, especially the poor. The same day his words were published, the inflexible Republican House majority voted to snatch food right out of the mouths of the less fortunate up to 3.8 million of them. A day later, setting the government on a flight path toward a shutdown that will only come back to haunt the GOP, they voted (for the 41st time) to defund the Affordable Care Act, the program that is about to make health insurance accessible to an estimated 15 million uninsured Americans. While the pope was declaring that people get tired of authoritarianism, House Republicans were deciding who can eat and who can go hungry. This un-Christian view was captured by Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp , a former seminary student who thought Hurricane Sandy victims should not receive disaster relief. I think most Americans dont think you should be getting something for free, he said , especially for the able-bodied adults. (Unless youre Tim Huelskamps parents, who, according to Politico , received $1.1 million dollars in farm subsidies between 1995 and 2009.) How many of the 217 House Republicans who voted for the measure can really pretend they dont know any able-bodied adults who cant find jobs, or whose full-time jobs in the service industry keep them below the poverty level? Discernment in the Lord guides me in my way of governing, the pope said. Wish that were true for this House.