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Keeping the Meat Industry Honest

Touch the Soil News #871 (Feature photo – Ground Beef is placed into a Spectrometer for analysis at the University of British Columbia – photo by Paul Joseph CCA SA 4.0 International) In a breakthrough tech development, Professor Xiaonon Lu from the University of British Columbia has developed a way to determine whether ground beef is ground beef and nothing else. Lu and his team have developed a spectrometer that can determine whether ground beef includes other animal parts up to 99 percent accuracy. They are able to determine with 80 percent accuracy which animal parts were used and in what concentration. To read the full story, visit the link…

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Food Fraud on a Grand Scale

Touch the Soil News #818 (Feature photos – CCA 2.0) It’s bad enough when over 50 percent of the tuna sold as tuna is not tuna. However, in the European Union and Asian theater of things, this past few months has rocked the grocery industry and the hundreds of egg farmers. At the heart of the things was the discovery of traces in eggs of the chemical fipronil. Fipronil is effective at killing fleas and ticks in poultry flocks, but its use in poultry flocks is illegal. Under investigation and prosecution are a handful of individuals that knowingly put fipronil in products sold to egg farmers while not labeling it.…

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

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

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

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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