Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9781789141948 Will Publish February 2020 For sale in North and South America only

Food Adulteration and Food Fraud

Jonathan Rees

Food Adulteration and Food Fraud

Jonathan Rees

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176 pages | 4 3/4 x 7 3/4
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9781789141948 Will Publish February 2020 For sale in North and South America only
What do we really know about the food we eat? A firestorm of recent food-fraud cases, from the US honey-laundering scandal to the forty-year-old frozen “zombie” meat smuggled into China, to horse-meat episodes in the United Kingdom, suggests fraudulent and intentional acts of food adulteration are on the rise. While often harmless, some incidents have resulted in serious public health consequences. At the heart of these dubious practices are everyone from large food processors to small-time criminals, while many consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about this malfeasance.
 
In this book, Jonathan Rees examines the complex causes and surprising effects of adulteration and fraud across the global food chain. Covering comestibles of all kinds from around the globe, Rees describes the different types of contamination, the role and effectiveness of government regulation, and our willingness to ignore deception if the groceries we purchase are cheap or convenient. Pithy, punchy, and cogent, Food Adulteration and Food Fraud offers important insight into this vital problem of human consumption.
Contents
Introduction: A Matter of Trust 1 Partial Substitutions 2 Tainted Foods 3 Counterfeit Foods and Complete Substitutions 4 The Importance of Place 5 Testing 6 Policy, Strategy and Legislation Conclusion: Adulteration and Culture References Notes on Sources and Select Bibliography Acknowledgements Index
Review Quotes
Benjamin R. Cohen, author of "Pure Adulteration: Cheating on Nature in the Age of Manufactured Food"
“Readers owe a debt of gratitude to Rees for explaining the complexities and ongoing difficulties of adulterated food and fraudulent claims. The problems may be timeless, but, as this book shows, the responses are ever evolving, culturally dependent, and worth more attention.”
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