Food fraud is more serious than one might think. We’re not talking about getting less patty than expected in a burger. This stuff is far worse: inedible elements like chemicals added to everything from milk to alcohol as a way to cut cost and turn a profit.
To filter out the real from the fake, companies are now relying on forensic scientists to get the FBI on the perpetrators. One route to justice is through a New Zealand company called Oritain, which has come up with a way to authenticate the origin of your food. The company’s liaison Rebecca McLeod explains how the system works in an interview with the BBC:
In some countries like China and the Czech Republic, fake alcohol is not just a paranoid threat. Case in point: a 25-member fake wine scheme that preyed on businessman, and was subsequently chronicled in TimeOut Shanghai.