Consumer Alert: Concerns About Counterfeit Foods

A new report suggests that you might not be getting what you're paying for.
3:00 | 01/22/13

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It's what we expect as shoppers I think that if anything that they put in -- should be listed on the ingredients label. When a new scientific -- -- the grocery -- by the nonprofit food prod detectives USP. An independent lab in Maryland. Discovered rising numbers of fake ingredients in products from olive oil to spices to fruit Jews in a new database to be released tomorrow and obtained exclusively by ABC news this morning. USP warns consumers the FDA and manufacturers. At the amount of food product -- found is up 60%. Over last year. Among the most popular targets for unscrupulous food suppliers. Pomegranate -- which is often diluted with -- -- -- Jews. How -- violence whose. As as I've -- -- and high -- ingredient. And -- -- appears to be widespread. In fact liquids and ground foods in general are the easiest to tamper -- From olive oil which is often diluted with -- -- and lemon -- -- -- -- with -- water and sugar to -- -- with thrillers like lawn grass -- firmly. And spices like paprika adulterated with dangerous food -- There are synthetic. -- -- field is available that. Mimic that -- very nicely. Also high on the list -- -- The number one fake white tuna or albacore frequently found on sushi menus when it. Actually -- -- -- are an oily fish chicken cause systemic problem. Oops there's absolutely a public health risk. And key is that the people -- are unauthorized to handle this product they're probably not following good manufacturing practices.

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