“Question everything,” advises the Bunk Police website, where you can purchase chemical testing kits to figure out how pure your drugs are. British shoppers might want to apply that skepticism to their grocery shopping too, since an investigation revealed that around 12% of tested goat-cheese samples were adulterated with sheep’s milk.

The fake goat cheese was discovered by watchdog group Which? and food safety expert Professor Chris Elliott. They became suspicious because the amount of cheese on the market had not changed despite a Europe-wide goat’s-milk shortage. According to the Daily Mail, they tested 76 samples from eight different locations around the U.K.:

In total, nine samples were adulterated: three contained more than 80 per cent sheep’s cheese, another three contained more than 50 per cent sheep’s cheese and the final three around five per cent sheep’s cheese.

Goats' cheeses. (Photo: Flickr/ Marc Kjerland)
(Photo: Flickr/ Marc Kjerland)

Of the six products that were majority sheep’s milk, four contained milk that originated outside of the U.K.

While the substitution of caprine for ovine milk might seem like NBD, it’s unfortunately the latest revelation in a string of food fraud discoveries. Earlier this year, Which? tested takeout lamb kebabs and found that that 24 out of 60 contained other types of meat. And let’s not forget last year’s horsemeat scandal, which Professor Elliott led an independent inquiry into.

And the problem isn’t limited to Britain. Last year, a study found that one third of all seafood in the U.S. is mislabelled, and a congressional research paper estimates that around 10% of commercially sold food products globally are affected by food fraud. If you have serious allergies, a home-testing kit for your food doesn’t sound all that ridiculous.

[via Modern Farmer]