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Most of the Tuna Labeled Tuna in the U.S. Not Tuna?

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Touch the Soil News #753 (feature photo – hundreds of cans of tuna in a grocery store – photo courtesy of Daniel Case CC SA 3.0) For the average food consumer, there is little that can be done about food fraud today. In the United States, the most common fraudulent foods include honey, olive oil, milk, saffron, coffee and fish. At the heart of the problem is that consumers may unwittingly buy a product that contains other ingredients. The non-profit group called Oceana took 1,215 samples of fish from across that United States and genetically tested them. What they found was that 59 percent of fish labeled tuna sold at…

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Angus Steak & Egg Sandwich – You’ve Got to be Kidding

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Touch the Soil News #734 (feature photo – CC SA 4.0) Dunkin Donuts sells what it calls the “Angus Steak & Egg Sandwich” on a bagel – but it is not steak. It is actually ground Angus. Dunkin Donuts is being sued for misrepresentation of the facts. Amidst the lawsuit, the issue came up as to what exactly is in the “Angus Steak & Egg Sandwich.” For fun, we researched the ingredients of the “Angus Steak & Egg Sandwich” and discovered that the additives list is enough to discourage consumption. Following is the disclosure from Dunkin Donuts on its “Angus Steak & Egg Sandwich” ingredients:   Plain Bagel: Enriched Wheat…

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A Spooky Food and Gardening Awareness

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Touch the Soil News #285 Imagine one day waking up and realizing you need to go home, but you are a million miles from home. Home in this sense is the family farm of three to four generations ago that had a vegetable garden, a couple of milk cows, chickens for eggs, a few acres of grain for bread and some meat animals. The reason you want to go home is that you have found yourself in a city of 7.5 million people (Hong Kong) that is on the edge of China with 1.4 billion people all looking for more food. The realization hits you that everything must be imported.…

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Weird Food Happenings

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Touch the Soil News # 177 Over the course of the past few weeks the nation’s food chain has been in a flurry of recalls due to the weirdest of causes. In addition, Salmonella and Listeria issues seem to be off the Richter scale. Is it the full moon or Halloween on the horizon? See if you can make sense of what’s been happening from all of these FDA reports: 8/25/215 │ Macadamia Nuts Jansai Valley Raw Macademia Nuts, distributed nationwide in retails stores and mail orders are possibly contaminated with Salmonella and are being recalled.   8/26/15 │ Cut Green Beans Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans in 10 ounce…

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News Roundup – Food Chain News You Might Have Missed

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Touch the Soil News #169 8/24/15 │ Germany and Scotland to Ban GMO Crops Nations in the European Union have the right to accept or reject GMO crops. The have until October 3, 2015 to decide. Germany has decided to ban the growing of GMO crops. German Agriculture Minister – Christian Schmidt – will inform the EU of Germany’s decision. Fourteen days earlier, Scotland also banned GMOs. 8/25/15 │ Turkey Bacon Feared to be Unfresh The newly formed food mega-giant Kraft Heinz got its dates mixed up on turkey bacon packages. Seems that some of the product is at risk of going bad before the “pull date.” To limit the…

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Oversights, Carelessness and Corruption Compromise Food

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Touch the Soil News #164 The title of this news piece almost reminds one of politics – an activity surrounded by perils, corruption and unsafe practices. One of the investigative themes we cover in Touch the Soil News relates to compromises in the food chain – a scary thought. Yet, it is these kinds of discoveries that support trends for decentralization, localization and transparency – even if it means starting your own food garden for a portion of your nutritional needs. Following are a few highlights from events unfolding within the last 30 days (sources: FDA and Food Safety News): 8/21/15 │ Alphin Brothers – a North Carolina seafood processor…

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How Pervasive is Food Fraud?

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Touch the Soil News # 157 Popularly, when the topic of food fraud comes up, we think of foreign countries. Recently, Food Safety News had a special interview with Mitchell Weinberg – who is CEO of a food-fraud investigation firm. According to Weinberg, his company finds food fraud in 50 percent to 60 percent of the investigations they do. Weinberg explains that food fraud goes across the spectrum of all food and in virtually every country in the world. At the end of this story is a videotaped interview with Mitchell Weinberg that is revealing. Food fraud touches many areas including: When one food is substituted for another and it…

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