Tag Archives: FOOD FRAUD

Recent Federal Charges Over Mislabeled Chesapeake Blue Crab Highlight Inability of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program to Combat Fraud Perpetrated in the United States

Blue crab is among several species known to be susceptible to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud.  As reported on this blog, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) has established a Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) with regulations that took effect January 1, 2018, requiring importers to document that the catch … Continue Reading

Shrimp and Abalone to be Included in SIMP

As previously reported on this blog, the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce Department, issued a final rule on December 9, 2016 (81 FR 88975), that established the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). The goal of the program is to prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) seafood from entering … Continue Reading

Congress Weighs Bill to Combat Food Fraud

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the National Organic Program (NOP), which includes standards for “organic” food in the United States.  Throughout 2017, The Washington Post has published several stories calling into question the authenticity of products from some of the largest “organic” producers of milk, eggs and imported grains. Congress is currently considering legislation that would increase … Continue Reading

Fishy Business: NOAA Finalizes Seafood Traceability Rule

For years, the seafood industry has grappled with the issue of “seafood fraud,” which includes the substitution of cheaper species for more expensive ones.  As previously covered on this blog, on February 5, 2016, the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a proposed rule to establish a new traceability program for certain seafood … Continue Reading

Salt Shake-up

NY appeals court grants interim stay for sodium warning. Just last week, a New York Supreme Court judge upheld New York City’s precedent-setting sodium warning requirement for chain restaurants.  Starting on March 1, restaurants that failed to display the required warning language to indicate high-sodium foods would have been subject to fines. On February 29, a New York appeals court … Continue Reading

Cutting Corners in Cheese

Parmesan cheese makes headlines for alleged economic adulteration. The concept of “food fraud” or “economic adulteration” refers to the whole or partial replacement of genuine foods and food ingredients with cheaper substances without informing the customer or consumer of the substitution.  Food fraud can also refer to the fraudulent mislabeling of a product grade or … Continue Reading

Sounds Fishy: New Seafood Traceability Program

NOAA proposes new traceability program for certain types of seafood. For years, the seafood industry has grappled with the issue of “seafood fraud,” which includes the substitution of cheaper species for more expensive ones.  Data from one of the largest seafood fraud investigations in the world indicate that snapper and tuna were mislabeled most frequently, … Continue Reading

Mystery Meat

DNA bar coding used to detect mislabeled meat. “DNA bar coding” made headlines earlier this year when the New York Attorney General’s office launched a probe into major retailers and alleged that herbal supplements sold in their stores did not contain the ingredients represented on the product labels.  Many discussed and debated the utility of DNA … Continue Reading

Food Fraud

Food fraud abounds in the global marketplace. The concept of “food fraud” or “economic adulteration” refers to the whole or partial replacement of genuine foods and food ingredients with cheaper substances without informing the customer or consumer of the substitution.  Fraud cases may relate to specific qualities or the origin of a product (e.g., selling a cut as … Continue Reading
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